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Lecavalier taking the Yzerman path?

From Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times:

While the Lightning and Vinny Lecavalier are working on a nine-year, $77-million deal, Tampa Bay’s plans for Lecavalier extend a lot further. Koules, who heads OK Hockey, which is expected to officially take control of the Lightning on Monday, said he sees Lecavalier as a Lightning executive after he retires.

So, the contract may not be a lifetime deal, but the organization seems to want to make a lifetime commitment.

“We absolutely do,” Koules said. “We’ve already talked to Vinny about it. When we talked, we talked about lifestyle, about how long he wants to live here. He wants to retire here when he’s done, and he wants to be part of this. We look at Stevie Y as the exact model of what we want to do with Vinny.”

Read the entire story here.

I think we should all just worry about Vinny playing hockey for the next decade. We can worry about his management career in 2020.