It was announced this morning that the Tampa Bay Lightning have used their first compliance buyout on team captain Vincent Lecavalier. The 33-year old center had 7 years left on a deal that would pay him $7.73 million per season. 

This had to have been a tough decision for Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, as Lecavalier  has been a franchise player for the team for years. Lecavalier, a fan-favorite, has also done a tremendous amount of charity work for the local community in Tampa Bay. This move was strictly business. The Lightning, who are coming off a terrible season, are already having difficulties with the decreasing salary cap. This is a team that needs to build for the future, and buying out Lecavalier will help them do that.

Lecavalier will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

Also, the Lightning have been rumored to using a compliance buyout on Ryan Malone. Nothing yet on that front, but stay tuned.

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