GM: Vinny won't Bolt

It doesn't appear Vincent Lecavalier will be going anywhere at the trade deadline. (Sun Media/Jason...

It doesn't appear Vincent Lecavalier will be going anywhere at the trade deadline. (Sun Media/Jason Franson)

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

According to Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Brian Lawton, Vincent Lecavalier is not on the market.

On Monday, Lawton stated the Lightning would never trade their franchise player in an effort to quash any rumours to the contrary as the team set out on a three-game Canadian swing starting last night in Edmonton against the Oilers.

"There were obviously some rumours a few months ago, but that's something they told me last summer and it's not a surprise to me," Lecavalier said. "It's more to deal with all the rumours and the stuff that came up."

With the Lightning struggling this season, Lecavalier's name has come up in trade talks. However he signed an 11-year, $85-million contract extension with the Lightning this off-season, which would make him difficult to fit under a salary cap.

"Those rumours are things that come up in the media, more so out of Toronto and Montreal," Lecavalier said. "Those things happen and I think maybe the last one had more legs than the others."

While at the all-star game in Montreal, Lecavalier was given a standing ovation by Canadiens fans, who felt it was only a matter of time before he donned their jersey.

However, with the March 4 trade deadline fast approaching and a no-movement clause kicking into the contract on July 1, it doesn't appear as though Lecavalier will be going anywhere.

"That's why I signed an 11-year deal. I love being in Tampa, I'm very involved in the community there," he said. "That's where I wanted to be this summer. I've had a lot of ups and downs in my career there. We started out in 1998 in last place and we went on to win the Cup in 2004. That's something I'm very proud of. We're not having the season that we wanted right now, but that's how we're going to get out of it, battling through adversity, and I think we're going to be able to do it."


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