Vincent Lecavalier became the best free agent available when the Tampa Bay Lightning bought him out a few days ago. Lecavalier visited with numerous teams in the first few days. Tuesday, Lecavalier agreed to a contract worth $22.5 million over 5 years. Lecavalier’s cap hit will be $4.5 a year.
Lecavalier was drafted first overall in 1998 by the Lightning. He was named captain entering his third season, becoming the youngest captain in NHL history. Lecavalier played in 1037 games throughout his 14 years in Tampa, and racked up 874 points. His trophy case includes a Maurice Rocket Richard trophy and a Stanley Cup Ring.
Vinny should fit in nicely in Philly, but what I don’t understand is why the Flyers are spending money on another forward when they have needs at defense and in the net. Either way, the Philly offense is stocked at this point.
Lecavalier’s numbers have dropped over his past few seasons. He’s 33 now, and isn’t the same player he used to be. He will still be a dangerous player to have on the ice, but will he be playing at a $4.5 million level until he’s 38? His contract includes a no trade clause as well. It’s a risky deal on Philly’s end.