The San Jose Sharks are looking to add a scorer to their roster.
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Sharks are interested in forward Vincent Lecavalier, who was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this week.
Using the amnesty clause in the new collective bargaining agreement, the Lightning were able to shed Lecavalier and the remainder of his 11-year, $85 million contract that he signed before the 2009-2010 season.
Even at 34 years of age, Lecavalier is capable of putting up big numbers, and has done that consistently throughout his career. In a lockout-shortened season last year, he had 10 goals and 22 assists in 39 games.
Lecavalier boasts an impressive resume, being selected to four All-Star games, leading the Lightning to a Stanley Cup title in 2004, and winning the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy in 2007 for scoring the most goals in the league that season.
While his production has dropped every year since 2007, Lecavalier will undoubtedly be a huge boost to whatever team he signs with, so it’s no surprise that the Sharks are interested.
They could use a little scoring boost as well. San Jose ranked 24th in the league with 116 goals scored last season, and their third and fourth lines did not contribute much.
However, as LeBrun pointed out, there are a plethora of teams inquiring about Lecavalier, so if the Sharks want to grab him, they will need to beat out some hungry competitors.