Vincent Lecavalier drops a real bomb as soon as he arrives with the Habs

Published February 19, 2022 at 9:49

The arrival of Vincent Lecavalier with the Canadians, as a hockey consultant to general manager Kent Hughes, ends various rumors which have associated the former number 4 of the Lightning with the Canadians over the years. .

We had already talked about a trade that had aborted when Lecavalier would have been traded to the Canadiens in return for a first-round pick, goalie Carey Price as well as two of the best prospects of the team at that time, namely Max Pacioretty and PK Subban.

Friday during his press conference as a new adviser at the Canadiens, Lecavalier answered a question concerning the fact that he had never played in Montreal, and his answer said a lot :

«There have been things in my career, I remember that in 2008, the famous trade, I said yes to the Lightning that I wanted the trade to go through and that I go with the Canadiens. In the end it didn't work."

This is the first time that Lecavalier has publicly commented on this rumored trade and, above all, he confirms that the trade has come close to materializing.

The deal was turned down by the NHL at the time due to a dispute between the Lightning GM and the team's owners, who weren't happy about the team parting ways with a player who had scored 52 goals a few years earlier.

But imagine if the trade had been approved and Lecavalier had come to play for the Canadiens. The team would arguably have had the best in the short term, but it was during this period that his career began to decline.

A few years later, during the 2014-2015 season, Carey Price won the Hart and Vézina trophies, P.K. Subban was a Norris Trophy finalist and Max Pacioretty finished the season with 37 goals.

Meanwhile, Lecavalier had just 20 points in 57 games for the Philadelphia Flyers.

On top of all that, Lecavalier admitted that he almost signed with the Habs. Montreal was his second option when he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, wow!
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