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Report: Lecavalier close to lifelong deal with Lightning

TSN.ca Staff with RDS files

6/19/2008 6:38:25 PM

It appears the excitement surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning's offseason won't stop after selecting Steven Stamkos at Friday's NHL Entry Draft.

TSN's sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the Lightning and centre Vincent Lecavalier have made very good progress on discussions that would see him sign a 'lifelong' contract with the club after July 1.

Lecavalier, 28, is entering the final season of a four-year, $27.5 million contract where he will earn $7.167 million.

A former No. 1 overall pick in 1998, Lecavalier owns franchise records in points (602), goals (273) and games played (710).

The Ile Bizard, Quebec native helped lead the Lightning to its first Stanley Cup in 2004 and captured the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals scored (52) in the 2006-07 season.

Lecavalier scored 40 goals and 92 points in 81 games last season.