Bruins meet with free agent Lecavalier

Bruins meet with free agent Lecavalier
June 30, 2013, 1:45 pm
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JERSEY CITY,N.J.– With Nathan Horton opting to explore free agency and move on to bigger and better things in another NHL city, the Bruins push forward with attempts to find a replacement at right wing that could fit in with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

“In this business you have to be able to change directions quickly, and that is what we’re going to do,” said Peter Chiarelli. “An attempt to try to recreate that chemistry is going to be hard.”

Perhaps there is an “in house” candidate for the job whether it’s Tyler Seguin or somebody else capable of stepping up their game. But the Bruins are stepping up their search for potential replacements, and met with former Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier on Saturday.

“We met with Vinny and his agent. With what happened with Nathan it became a little more right. We had a good meeting, and that’s where we’ll leave it,” said Chiarelli. “I think we’ve got such a strong core that there are players that want to come and play for us. We’re trying to keep this core, and there will be shooters that will want to fill in on that line.”

The Bruins general manager indicated the longtime center Lecavalier would be amenable with a potential move to right wing, which is the role he’d be looked upon to fill if he signed with Boston.

Clearly Lecavalier isn’t the same player that Horton was for the Black and Gold -- he's clearly also not the same guy that put up 52 goals and 108 points in 2006-07 for the Lightning -- but he’s big, strong and capable of finishing off scoring plays around the net.

He met with a handful of teams on Saturday along with the Bruins, including the Canadiens, Red Wings, Ducks, Maple Leafs, Stars and Flyers.

Lecavalier has 383 career goals and 874 points in over 1,000 career games, and the 6-foot-4, 208-pounder scored at least 20 goals in each of the last 12 seasons before last year’s lockout-shortened campaign.

The 33-year-old Lecavalier became available when he was bought out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He will be paid $32.667 million spread out over 14 years as a result of the compliance buyout, and stands to command in the $4-5 million range on a new contract.

Lecavalier has already stated that he wants to finish his career in his next NHL city, so expect that his next contract will be at least 3-4 years in length.