Vinny Lecavalier's name has been absent from the headlines for much of the Lightning's run to the top of the Southeast Division, but not many people seem to have noticed. That probably wouldn't have been the case in other years.

We'd be harping on the fact he has only eight goals (to be fair, he missed a month with a broken bone in his hand). With the trade deadline approaching, there'd be near-daily rumors that he was about to be moved. With Vinny, there was always something.

But this is a different Lightning team and a different Vinny. So when you mention to Coach Guy Boucher that it seems like his highest-paid player is flying below the radar, he smiles and says simply, "Yeah, which is good."

As the Bolts prepare to play Washington in a rather large game tonight at the Forum, the talk is about how Lecavalier has bought in completely to Boucher's all-for-one system. He is, in Boucher's words, "back-checking like crazy" and generally playing in a way you'd expect from a grinder while trying to mesh with new linemates Simon Gagne and Teddy Purcell.

And in a conversation Thursday following a spirited practice at the Ice Sports Forum, Vinny brought up the whole goal-scoring thing before he could be asked.

"Obviously, I want to get that scoring confidence back. I think everything else but that, that finish, is going great," he said.