An intricate attempt at circumventing the NHL's new compliance buyout system, one the Lightning could have thought about using to hold on to Vincent Lecavalier at a lower rate, has been nipped in the bud.

The NHL, as reported by the New York Post, sent a memo to GMs Monday that essentially closes a potential loophole. The league closed off the possibility that a team could trade a cost-inefficient player, have the new team buy him out and then allow the player back to his former team at a lesser salary.

Story author Larry Brooks is the one who speculated the NHL's memo was prompted by a potential Lightning maneuver.

Brooks wrote: "It is believed the Lightning and Maple Leafs had discussed such a maneuver regarding Vincent Lecavalier, who has seven years and $45 million remaining on his contract, with the buyout thus worth slightly more than $30 million."

But league deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Tampa Bay Times "No Lecavalier hypothetical has been brought to our attention."

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