Just days after getting bought out, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that former Tampa Bay Lightning first overall pick Vincent Lecavalier is receiving interest from multiple teams in the NHL.

“We have been reached out to by a number of teams, easily a dozen or more,” Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, told ESPN.com Friday afternoon. “This is the beginning of the process in trying to understand the various situations and trying to narrow it down.”

Lecavalier could be the most-pursued player in this summer’s market, a free agent class that will see the likes of Jarome Iginla, Ilya Bryzgalov, Danny Briere and Jarmoir Jagr. Lebrun said that the Detroit Red Wings have interest in Lecavalier, which wouldn’t surprise many considering he mentioned in a media call that they were one of his favorite teams growing up. Montreal is also a likely target after perusing the french forward a few years back in the free agent market.

Lecavalier becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 5 and can’t talk to teams until then. The 33-year-old had $45-million left on his contract and will be paid two-thirds of that over the next 14 years.

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