TAMPA BAY, Fla. (CP) - The Tampa Bay Lightning have locked up star player Vincent Lecavalier for the next four years by signing the talented sniper to a long term contract.
NHL sources have told TSN it's a four-year deal at $6.8 million US a year.
Lecavalier had 32 goals and 34 assists and was plus-24 in 81 games with the Lightning in 2003-04. He had nine goals and seven assists in 23 playoff games en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
Tampa Bay made Lecavalier the first overall pick in 1998 and he has played his entire career with the Lightning. The six-foot-four, 205-pound forward from Ile-Bizard, Que., has 146 goals and 181 assists in 467 career games.
He was a restricted free agent and, instead of taking a one-year qualifying offer and entering unrestricted free agency next year at the age of 26, he opted to sign a long-term deal with his team.
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