Vincent Lecavalier arrived in Tampa Bay surrounded by lofty expectations. He departs the Lightning with plenty of options.
The 33-year-old center joined a talented crop of unrestricted free agents Thursday when Tampa Bay announced its decision to buy out the remainder of his 11-year, $85 million deal, as reported by ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. The Lightning still owe Lecavalier a whopping $32 million on the contract, which would've kept him with the team through 2020.
He was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the organization in 1998 and lifted a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004. Now on the open market, Lecavalier will immediately attract his share of suitors.
Taking salary cap, team expectations and location into consideration, here's a look at five teams that should be lining up for his services.