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Canadiens visit Lecavalier, Lightning

Montreal (27-13-6) at Tampa Bay (16-21-10), 7:30 pm EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- With trade rumors swirling, Tampa Bay

Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier just can't avoid Montreal.

The Montreal Canadiens will visit Lecavalier and the lowly

Lightning on Tuesday.

Lecavalier, who leads the club with 21 goals this season, has

been the center of trade rumors for months with Tampa Bay trying

to rebuild and his expensive contract beginning in 2009-10.

Lightning general manager Brian Lawton has said that the team

has no interest in trading Lecavalier.

"It's just a pipe dream that people think we're going to trade

him," Lawton told the Edmonton Sun. "I've said he's not going

to be traded and he hasn't been traded."

The main destination discussed for the Ile Bizard, Quebec native

is the Canadiens, who were Lecavalier's favorite team growing


The topic may have reached a peak during the All-Star

festivities at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Lecavalier was made

a starter at the midseason gala due to Sidney Crosby's injury

and finished the game with a plus-4 rating.

Before the All-Star Weekend, the Lightning had won five of their

last seven contests. The Canadiens, on the other hand, lost

back-to-back games before the break.


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