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Lecavalier Glad Trade Talk Should Dissipate

Tribune correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 02:48 AM
EDMONTON, Alberta -

On Vinny Lecavalier's past couple of trips to Canada, all anyone wanted to talk about was how he might be traded. This time around, they all want to hear about how he won't.

With Lightning general manager Brian Lawton stating Monday that he would never trade the captain, it quelled rumors that have run rampant over the past month, especially when the Bolts trek north of the border.

"I don't know why it keeps coming up - maybe the media a little bit in Montreal and Toronto. The last one had a little bit more legs than the others, but obviously now it's over," Lecavalier said.

Lawton's commitment to the team captain, who had 54 points in 60 games this season heading into Tuesday's game against the Oilers, was hardly news to Lecavalier, who noted that Lawton had told him the same thing when he signed his 11-year, $85 million contract extension last summer.

"It's something he told me last summer, so to me it's no surprise," Lecavalier said.

SHOOT 'EM UP: Though the Lightning have gone five straight games giving up at least 40 shots, including Tuesday, their offensive output has been equally troubling. They registered only 18 shots in Sunday's 4-3 victory against Boston and 13 in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.

According to interim coach Rick Tocchet, it comes down to increasing their puck movement to generate more offense.

"Everybody gets on the forwards, sometimes I get on the forwards a little too much. ... But when the puck goes to the point, we need to get some of our defense to move the puck and get shots through, so it's a five-man unit when you're not getting shots or scoring goals," Tocchet said.

WELCOME BACK: At least one Bolt is glad to see former coach John Tortorella back behind the bench with the Rangers.

"I have a lot of respect for Torts," F Ryan Craig said. "Up until this year he was the only coach I'd known in the National Hockey League. He was a mentor and helped me become a better person and a better player. I think it was an opportunity that was well-deserved."

BOLTS BITS: D Lukas Krajicek traveled with the team but remains day-to-day with a hip injury. ... Out for the season with a ruptured biceps tendon, G Olie Kolzig is still finding a way to help out the team, joining the morning skate and mentoring the young netminding duo of Mike McKenna and Karri Ramo, with goaltending coach Cap Raeder doing some scouting for the team.

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