Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier doesn't claim to know all the ins and outs of what is going on in the protracted contract negotiations between the team and Steven Stamkos.

But he does know this:

"I know Stammer wants to be part of the Lightning."

Besides, he added, "We're two months from training camp, so I'm not worried at all."

If anyone has a relevant perspective on how negotiations can go, it is Lecavalier, who in 2001 did not sign a new contract coming out of his entry-level deal until the night before Tampa Bay's Oct. 5 season opener.

Lecavalier is not saying his teammate's negotiations will drag on that long, just that it is too early to be sounding the alarms that are clanging among fans and in the blogosphere.

"There are so many little things, the structure of the contract, it really is one step at a time," Lecavalier said last week by phone from his Montreal home. "It's not something you do overnight. If they're talking, things are going well. That's what people have to think about."

And they are talking.

"Still working on it," Stamkos' agent, Don Meehan, wrote in an e-mail.

Added Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman: "Both parties have bargained in good faith with the intention of reaching an agreement. We talk on a regular basis, and I'm encouraged."

There are plenty of similarities between the Stamkos and Lecavalier situations.

Both are former No. 1 overall draft picks; Lecavalier in 1998, Stamkos in 2008. Lecavalier was 21 and believed to be a future franchise player, same as Stamkos. And Lecavalier could not get together with the team on money, same as Stamkos.