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  08 October 1998
Lecavalier's 3~year contract could pay nearly $16 million,
the richest deal offered to an NHL rookie. He has also been named
the Lightning's No. 2 centre.

  07 October 1998
Lecavalier, has signed the "richest deal" ever for a rookie,
according to an story and will be with the Lightning
for the season-opener Friday. Read even more about the deal.

  07 October 1998
WDAE news announced that Lightning and Lecavalier
have agreed to terms. Official announcement to come at a press
conference this afternoon. More info. then!

  06 October 1998
Lecavalier scored the first of two Lighning goals in Tampa Bay's
7-2 loss to the Dallas Stars Monday night.

  05 October 1998
Lecavalier scored two goals and added an assist in Tampa Bay's
5-4 exhibition win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
But the 18-year old is not yet under contract. "I'm just playing
hockey and having fun," he told The Tampa Tribune. "I love winning.
The whole team loves winning and that's what we are doing." Lecavalier
has eight points (three goals) in six games this preseason.

  04 October 1998
Lecavalier may sign with the Lightning as early as Monday.
"We're going to talk again (Monday) morning and if we get
far enough, I may not go to Dallas," general manager Phil
Esposito told The Tampa Tribune. Still to be worked out in
the three-year deal is the structure of performance and reward
bonuses. The two sides have agreed on salary ($975,000 per year),
but Esposito is trying to keep the bonus payout between $2.5 million
and $3 million while agent Bob Sauve is pushing for approximately
$4 million in potential bonus money.

  29 June 1998
Vincent Lecavalier of the Romouski Oceanic highlighted
Tampa Bay's draft as the Lightning chose the centerman
first overall.

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