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Multiple teams court Vincent Lecavalier

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 3:23 PM / News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Multiple teams court Vincent Lecavalier
Vincent Lecavalier has already met with nine teams interested in signing him after the Tampa Bay Lightning used one of their compliance buyouts on their former captain.

NEWARK, N.J. -- Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier spent the past two days meeting with several teams interested in signing him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 5.

The teams Lecavalier reportedly met with are the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames.

Dallas general manager Jim Nill confirmed his team's meeting with Lecavalier prior to the start of the 2013 NHL Draft on Sunday and said he likes the Stars' chances.

"I think we've got a great opportunity," Nill said.

Nill also said he got the impression Lecavalier will be making his decision within the next few days.

"I think he wants to get it over with soon," Nill said. "I know he's going to do his homework, so we'll see."

Tampa Bay announced Thursday it was using one of its two available compliance buyouts on Lecavalier, who will be paid more than $30 million over the next 14 years by the Lightning, who are saving $7.7 million on the NHL salary cap over the next seven seasons.

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