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The Dallas Stars have reportedly emerged as the favorite to sign Vincent Lecavalier, according to Ansar Khan of MLive.com:
The Red Wings are out of the bidding for Vincent Lecavalier, who is seeking a five-year deal for $5 million per season, which is a longer term and more money than Detroit is willing to offer. Lecavalier's agent told teams he has identified a club he wants to play for. It's believed to be Dallas.
The Stars have $13,857,223 in salary-cap space, which is more than enough room for them to re-sign their key players and add a top-six center (a position Dallas must upgrade during the offseason) of Lecavalier's caliber and cost to the roster.
He would likely be Dallas' second-line center if he signed with the Texas club, and he would significantly improve the league's 18th-ranked power play from last season. The last time that Dallas had a center with the size, skill and clutch scoring ability of Lecavalier was when franchise legend Mike Modano was still with the team.
Lecavalier would also give the Stars some much-needed size to their top-six forward group and valuable Stanley Cup-winning experience to a team with a lot of young players who have little or no playoff experience.
It should also be noted that Texas is an income tax-free state, which means that Lecavalier would make more money with the Stars than most other American NHL teams.
Odds of Signing Lecavalier: 3:2
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 NHL draft.