For 14 seasons, center Vincent Lecavalier has only known one team, one city, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
But as the eve of the NHL offseason awaits, that could change for Lecavalier.
After a disappointing 2013 season, rumors are swirling that Lecavalier could be one of the pieces moved in the offseason to clear some cap space and relieve the team of its injury-prone captain. Yet, the 33-year-old doesn't want any change.
“I want to play here the rest of my career and I’ve always said that and will keep saying it," Lecavalier told the Tampa Bay Times (via ProHockeyTalk). "I’ve been here for 15 years now. I’m proud to be part of this organization.”
While Tampa Bay finished the 2013 campaign with a 18-26 record, the team had the league's top two leading point getters, Martin St. Louis (60 points) and Steven Stamkos (57 points).
It reassures Lecavalier's claim that the Lightning aren't far away from being a playoff team.
Whether Lecavalier will be with the Lightning next year to support his claim remains to be seen.
Ducks' Beauchemin has reconstructive knee surgery
ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin has undergone successful reconstructive surgery on a ligament in his right knee.
The Ducks announced Monday that Beauchemin hopes to return in time for the start of next season.
Beauchemin played the past month with a torn ligament in his knee. He had surgery last Thursday, shortly after the Pacific Division champion Ducks were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs.
Beauchemin turns 33 next month. He is expected to recover fully, the Ducks say.
Beauchemin had an outstanding season for the Ducks, getting six goals and 18 assists with a plus-19 rating.
He also was Anaheim's co-scoring leader in the postseason with six points in seven games against the Detroit Red Wings.
-The Associated Press
Sabres re-sign John Scott to 1-year contract
BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed rugged fourth-line forward John Scott to a one-year contract.
Listed at 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds, Scott had no points and 69 penalty minutes in 34 games last season. The Sabres acquired Scott by signing him to a one-year contract in free agency last summer to add size and grit to their roster.
He split the 2011-12 season with Chicago and the New York Rangers. He broke into the NHL in 2008-09, and played his first two seasons with the Minnesota.
Over five seasons, Scott has a goal and four assists and 305 penalty minutes in 180 career games.
The team announced the signing on Monday morning.
-The Associated Press