Vinny Lecavalier, let's face it, stopped being Vinny Lecavalier three or four years ago.
By that, I mean he stopped being a point-per-game player and an explosive attacker, and became instead a good player producing decent numbers on, generally, a bad Tampa team.
So now he's going to be out there, with Tampa having shedded the annual $7.7 million cap obligation, and it's going to be fascinating to see what team wants to invest in Lecavalier and at what price. Making it even trickier is the fact that Lecavalier has been injured so much in recent seasons, having failed to play close to a full season since 2009-10.
The immediate reaction in, say, Toronto, would be that Lecavalier would be an enormous upgrade on centre Tyler Bozak, and maybe that might be the case.
But at what price?
If Lecavalier is looking at replacing his monstrous old deal with a whopper of a new one, say in excess of $6 million at six years or more, will the Leafs or any team bite?
The market is going to be filled over the next few days with players available because they were either compliance buyouts or weren't tendered qualifying offers, and some of the names will be well-known.
The challenge will be not to look at somebody like Lecavalier or goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and, just because they are unrestricted, give them any big contract based on less what they can actually produce and more on what they once could do.
For the Leafs, their preference is still to sign Bozak, and that's ahead of the likes of Lecavalier, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Stephen Weiss, all of whom will be available.
They know Bozak, they like the way he plays with Phil Kessel, and even injured he was effective in the first round of the post-season.
But if Bozak's demands come in north of $5 million, the guessing here is the Leafs will look elsewhere. They know he's a second-line centre who owns a first line job because the team doesn't have a true No. 1 centre, but they're not going to pay him No. 1 money just because of that. Moreover, GM Dave Nonis is mindful of the fact that too often teams have made decisions in recent seasons without considering the full cap implications, or at least only considering the most optimistic scenario.
Talks between Bozak's agent and the Leafs have been almost non-existent. If the Leafs were to turn to, say, Lecavalier, it would because his agent would be willing to look at something at or less than what the team is willing to pay Bozak, and for three or four years.
Lecavalier's likely to get a better offer than that, and it could well be that Tampa's financial error will simply be repeated by another club that gets the name confused with reality.