According to a report from Darren Dreger, the Philadelphia Flyers are looking to part ways with Vincent Lecavalier. Ron Hextall has already spoken to Lecavalier’s agent about trading the 34 year old forward, but potential destinations have yet to be discussed. Lecavalier is currently signed to a four-year, $4.5 million per season deal, and has a no movement clause. All of that, combined with Lecavalier’s age, will make him a difficult asset for the Philadelphia Flyers to move.
While it has yet to be confirmed who initiated the trade talks, all indicators point to Lecavalier’s camp. The forward is unhappy with his role with Philadelphia. The Flyers have depth at the center position, and this past season, Lecavalier was outplayed for the second line center spot by Brayden Schenn.
Due to his no movement clause, Lecavalier will have his choice of which team to go to, which will limit the deal Hextall can work out. The Flyers will likely have to take less in return and potentially pay part of Lecavalier’s salary, but it will get a contract Paul Holmgren likely regrets off the books.
With Ryan Kesler, Jason Spezza, and Joe Thornton all possibly moving this summer, teams interested in acquiring a center will have their pick of the litter. Considering his age and cap hit, it is likely which ever teams miss out on the aforementioned players will likely be in play for Lecavalier later this summer.
Lecavalier finished the 2013-14 season with 20 goals and 17 assists (37 points) in 69 games played, good for ninth overall on the Flyers roster. Lecavalier played in all seven playoff games against the New York Rangers and managed to score one goal and add one assist.
This situation could prove to be a positive for both parties, as Lecavalier feels under-utilized on the Flyers roster, and the Flyers are now second guessing the $4.5 Million hit to their salary cap.