Vincent Lecavalier Finally Meets The Montreal Press

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst IJanuary 24, 2009

On Friday, Lecavalier finally met with the Montreal press.  He explained he had no idea what he was going to expect on his arrival at Trudeau International Airport.

"When I walked through those doors and saw the hundreds of people there for autographs and waiting for the players arrive - my hair was all over the place, and I really didn't expect to have it," he said Friday. "I don't think anybody expected to have a welcome like that."

Can you imagine if this guy ever gets traded to the Habs? Sure he did sign an 11-year contract extension, but that doesn't mean he's untouchable. And when a rumour starts in Montreal, it goes far.

"It was a pretty hectic couple of days," said Lecavalier. "Usually there's rumours, but this one seemed that it had a lot of legs."

Sure the Lightning GM Brian Lawton held a press conference to try and quiet things down, but this is one rumor fans will continue to talk about.

Even Lecavalier himself likes the idea of joining the Montreal Canadiens.

I grew up here," said Lecavalier. "I've always loved the Montreal Canadiens. It's a great organization, it's a great town. My family's from here, I've got a lot of friends here."

"I've always said ... it would be a dream place to come and play for."

He believes that he can play well in an environment like Montreal, where there's pressure on the team and players

"For someone being born here, to play here, obviously people add a little bit of pressure," said Lecavalier. "But I think a good pressure."

No matter what happens in the future, Lecavalier will live one of his dreams when he was a kid. Since he's a member of the Eastern Conference All-Stars, he'll be in the Habs locker-room.

"To be getting dressed in the Canadiens room is something I always wanted to see," he said in French.