Top 10 NHL Buyout Candidates

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Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning

Apr 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (4) skates with the puck as Carolina Hurricanes left wing

Alexander Semin

(28) defends during the second period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Lightning would like to reduce their cap hit by the almost $7.75M that Lecavalier will occupy for the next 7 years, but the $30M cheque they would have to write to do it might be too daunting.  Lecavalier is a 2nd line centre on the Lightning and that is a lot of cash tied up in that asset.  For the next three years he has a salary of $10M before it begins to fall rapidly, especially over the last 3 years of the deal.