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BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
The Tampa Bay Lightning opened their 2013 Training Camp Wednesday morning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and for the first time since the late 1990’s Vincent Lecavalier did not report for duty. The 33 year old former Captain of the Bolts was the signature loss for the team in the off season as a casualty to the new NHL salary cap. Lecavalier signed mere days following his dismissal from the Lightning with the team’s arch rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.
The initial shock to veterans of the organization such as Martin St. Louis was a tough one to take. In an interview with WDAE’s “The Ron and Ian Show,” St. Louis explained how he found out the news.
“I mean it was shocking, but I knew it was a possibility” said St. Louis. “You prepare yourself for it, but when it actually happens it’s tough to see him go.”
St. Louis and Lecavalier shared twelve seasons on the ice together in Tampa Bay. Now the 36 year old winger looks ahead to a new crop of young and hungry players in the organization who will be fighting it out for a roster spot over the next weeks.
“We have a lot of young guys who have been successful in the AHL” said St. Louis. “It makes everybody here better when you have guys that push you. I think those guys are ready to play and be a factor.”