NHL Notebook: Lecavalier plays 1,000th game

NHL Notebook: Lecavalier plays 1,000th game
January 27, 2013, 9:00 am
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With the Flyers visiting Tampa Bay on Sunday night to wrap up a two-game road trip in Florida, we should point out that Vinny Lecavalier recently celebrated his 1,000th NHL game.
“I feel young,” the 32-year-old center told the Tampa Tribune. “I really do.”
Lightning management gave Lecavalier a silver stick to mark the occasion, which actually happened in Carolina.
The club had to wait until Lecavalier returned home against Ottawa to make its presentation.
“He's doing it all right now,” Bolts coach Guy Boucher told the paper. “For me, I've been here three years now, this is by far the best training camp I've ever seen him in, the best shape I've ever seen him in with me.
“And dedicated to the winning things, not the flashy things. It's very noticeable for everybody.”
Lecavalier apparently changed his offseason workout routine. Boucher thinks his top centerman is actually quicker because of it.
“I don't know if I'm faster or not, but, energy-wise, I feel really good,” Lecavalier said. “I'm focused. If you're ready mentally, sometimes physically it happens.
“I feel like I'm still 22 years old. I still have that mindset. I'm at a different stage of my career.”
Tampa Bay already has one Stanley Cup in the last decade. Lecavalier wants another.
“Now it's to lead … not just me, but all the veterans,” Lecavalier said. “Try to bring the team to another level.”
He needs your help
That would be Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, now very long in the tooth and rapidly running out of Cup opportunities.
NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick said if Iginla wants to win a Cup before it’s too late, he needs to exit the Flames and go where he can help a team win right now.
“I would really like to see him win a Cup. I think he deserves it,” Roenick said. “I think he has a good enough rapport and a good enough relationship with the fans of Calgary where if [a trade] happened, they would understand.
“They wouldn’t hold it against him to try to win a Cup because he’s given so much to this city, both on the ice and off the ice.”
JR’s comments on the 35-year-old Iginla, now playing in his 16th season, made the Calgary Herald.
“Take it from a guy who had a career like that and didn’t win a Cup. I don’t wish that on anyone, because there’s a big hole, a brutal hole,” Roenick said. “You always feel unfulfilled.
“I haven’t seen, in two years, this [Calgary] team going out and improving itself. ... This city needs someone to help Jarome Iginla.
“They need somebody to help get the puck to Jarome Iginla. They have one of the best goal scorers in Mike Cammalleri, but who’s going to get him the puck?”

Associated Press, Calgary Herald, Dallas Morning News, National Post, Tampa Tribune and Toronto Star contributed to this story.

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