An interesting name has been added to the NHL unrestricted free agent list.

And you have to wonder whether the Red Wings might be a bit interested.

Center Vincent Lecavalier, the former 1998 No. 1 overall pick and longtime face of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was bought out by the organization Thursday.

Lecavalier, 33, will receive a staggering $32.67 million in the compliance buyout, giving Tampa Bay much more financial flexibility (Lecavalier had a $7.727 million cap hit through 2019-20).

Steve Yzerman, the Lightning's general manager and former Red Wings great, said it was a difficult decision for the organization.

"Vinny has been a significant reason for many of our past successes, including the 2004 Stanley Cup, and his contributions to the community are immeasurable," Yzerman said in a statement. "The Lightning organization is indebted to Vinny; we thank him for all he has done here and we wish him well as he moves forward.

"After much internal deliberation, we believe this will prove to be a pivotal move for us as we strive to achieve our long term goal of competing at the highest level, year-in, year-out. The economics and structure of the CBA are necessitating this decision and we at the Lightning are excited at the newly created opportunities this presents to us."

Lecavalier played in 39 games last season, scoring 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists).