Monday, May 4, 2009

Poll: Vinny's staying put

In an e-mail over the weekend, I learned that the Tampa Bay Lightning will host “Beyond the Blue Line” open houses this summer for fans. These open houses, held in the Lightning locker room, offers face time with the team’s owners, hockey brass and coaches.

Another thing I noticed was that none of the sessions were scheduled for late June or early July. While some may believe this time is set aside for NHL draft preparations, I can't help but wonder if an impending decision on Vinny Lecavalier's future with the Lightning will fill those days as well.

Seeing that his new contract and its no-trade clause kicks in July 1, the team must decide whether it wants to tie up a sizable chunk of the salary cap in a single player.

If it helps the Lightning brass with its decision, a majority of Hound Central 4.0 readers have already made the call: Vinny Lecavalier, the face of the franchise, will not be traded.

Question: Will the Lightning trade Vinny Lecavalier?

No: 20 out of 33 votes cast (60.6 percent)
Yes: 13 out of 33 votes (39.4 percent)

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