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Lecavalier looks ‘great’ on line with Simmonds, says Flyers brass

Sep 13, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

Vincent Lecavalier AP

It was only the first practice of the season, but the Flyers liked what they saw from new linemates Vincent Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds.

“I thought [Lecavalier] looked great,” GM Paul Holmgren said, as per NHL.com. “He was out there a lot with Wayne and the two of them seemed to have some chemistry right away. They both like to control the puck down low and they can move around.”

Head coach Peter Laviolette was equally effusive with his praise.

“To get him out there in that first group, to see a big body like that moving up and down the middle of the ice, I thought he looked terrific,” Laviolette said. “His skating was great.

“You can tell that he came here and he wants to dig in and enjoy this, and the way he’s working and the way he’s fitting in with the guys, he’s going to be a big piece for us this year.”

Lecavalier, 33, does bring a physical dimension the Flyers haven’t had at the center position in recent years. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound veteran often uses his strength to ward off defenders and create space for others.

Simmonds, who was one of Philly’s bright spots in an otherwise disappointing 2013 campaign, projects to open on the second line as Lecavalier’s winger, along with Brayden Schenn.

It’s a nice fit for Lecavalier, a noted table-setter.

Simmonds, who has scored at a 0.34 goals-per-game clip in each of the last two seasons, should be pushing for his first 30-goal campaign with Lecavalier in the middle.

  1. laxman1944 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    “We talkin about practice”???…….

    • ibieiniid - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      how does Iverson relate to this? just because it’s Philly?

      • ibieiniid - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        oh ok. 8 thumbs downers, nobody felt like telling me how Iverson related to this story.

      • tcclark - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        They’re gonna sign Iverson to play on the wing with Lecavalier. He’ll add more speed to the line.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Man I’m so pumped for the season to start. I truly believe that Simmonds-Lecavalier-Schenn line will be more like the Flyers 1B line to the 1A of Hartnell(?)-Giroux-Voracek. That’s a dangerous top-6 (and top-9 with Couturier and Read). After a terribly miserable year of Philadelphia sports the Birds and Flyers give me hope for 2014.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      man why is it that the Phils have been winning games ever since they got Bernadina and brought Asche up, while there’s almost 0 chance of making playoffs? hoping next year turns them back around.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        sorry, i know this is prohockeytalk, but I feel phillyphan’s pain.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      just picked up on this…. you don’t think Hartnell will keep that top line slot? who, Read?

      • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        This I’m not sure of. Hartnell has said he’s in the best shape of his career, so if he is then I definitely stick him on the 1st line. But if he’s a few steps behind Giroux, like he was last season, then I might give Read a shot. But I do believe Hartnell will have a bounceback campaign and slot in perfectly next to G and Voracek.

  3. laxman1944 - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I’m thinking Hartnell has a good bounce back year…….actually expect quite a few to step up their games this year……..You listening Coburn????

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