Lecavalier announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Lecavalier hangs up his skates after 17 years of service time in the NHL. The former first overall draft pick (1998) helped the Lightning to a Stanley Cup in 2004 and a 108-point campaign in 2006-07. He also had stints with the Flyers and most recently, the Kings, including modest offensive contributions in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. A hulky center known for absolutely blasting shots, Lecavalier finishes with 421 goals, 528 assists, and 848 PIM in 1,212 career games.
Vincent Lecavalier confirmed Sunday that he still plans to retire, ESPN.com reports.
The first overall pick in the 1998 NHL Draft, Lecavalier spent 14 seasons in Tampa Bay, then signed with the Flyers before the 2013-14 season. He was traded to the Los Angeles Kings midway through the 2015-16 campaign, after being demoted to healthy-scratch status in Philadelphia. Lecavalier did manage 17 points in 42 games with Los Angeles, so it's possible he changes his mind and comes back for another season. If not, he'll retire with 421 goals and 528 assists (949 points), with all but 75 of his points coming in a Tampa Bay uniform.
Vincent Lecavalier scored the Los Angeles Kings ' lone goal in a 2-1 loss Saturday.
Lecavalier had a resurgence with the Kings this season, and was the lone King to score against Martin Jones on Saturday, breaking Jones' shutout bid late in the third period. Lecavalier also won 69 percent of his faceoffs, but still couldn't do enough to lift the Kings past the Sharks.
The veteran logged 10:29 of ice time in the contest, finishing with a minus-2 rating for the game. He should be good to go moving forward, but hasn't really done enough (15 points in 35 games) with the
Lecavalier missed Thursday's game against the Jets with an undisclosed issue, but was able to participate in an optional skate Friday, which was the first indication he may be available for Saturday's matchup with Edmonton. If the 35-year-old forward is ultimately unable to go Saturday, Nick Shore will likely draw into the lineup in his absence. Expect an update on Lecavalier's status ahead of puck drop Saturday evening.