It's one of those situations where both the team and the player would be overjoyed to finally move on from one another.
First we had a report from ESPN's Pierre Lebrun suggesting that not only was Vincent Lecavalier still being shopped, but that there was a new twist in those discussions, one that may make Lecavalier a much more attractive option.
If he was a rental player, he’d be on a new team by now, but because he has two years on his contract after this year at a $4.5 million cap hit ($3 million salary), teams are obviously scared by that commitment. It’s why he hasn’t gone anywhere to this point despite being on the market for a year and a half.
My sense is Lecavalier’s agent, Kent Hughes, has made it clear to teams that if they took a chance on his client, an effort would be made to ensure those final two years on the deal wouldn't hang over the club in one form or another.
If Lecavalier was indeed willing to take a significant pay cut, or guarantee that he would be willing to terminate his contract in order to e-sign at a lower cap hit, he would suddenly become a much more attractive trade option.
While there's no guarantee that this is the case, hockey insider Bob McKenzie has indicated he is " Hearing lots of Vinny trade chatter today. "