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Lightning is still Vinny’s team

From Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune:

“This is Vinny’s team; we know that. We are here to help him,” Recchi said. “That will be something we’ll talk to Vincent about, but we know he’s the leader of this team. … He’s been a champion and he knows what it takes to win. I think it just strayed a little bit the past couple of years. But I think once you get that feeling back again, it’s easy to grab again. When you are not winning it’s easy to go the other way.”

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Players like Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi were brought in as much for their ability to play on the team’s 3rd/4th line as for their leadership. The truth is, the Bolts don’t lack leadership with Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis having both led the team to a Stanley Cup championship.