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Lecavalier believes he can be better after ‘tough year’

May 5, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

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Safe to say, when the Flyers gave Vincent Lecavalier a $22.5 million contract in July, they didn’t do it to add a fourth-line center.

So it’s no surprise that Philadelphia management expects more from the 34-year-old next season, and so does he.

“It was kind of a tough year,” Lecavalier said, per CSN Philly. “I think I started the season really well, but when the team’s not winning, it’s definitely not — I guess not good enough. I think the first 20 games until my injury I felt really good out there. And then I was out 10 or 13 games.

“Then I came back, and being maybe put in a different position, had to adjust to that. A lot of ups and downs.”

To be fair, Lecavalier scored 20 goals, tied for the fourth most on the team. But when you consider his production and ice time in the playoffs…

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…well, it’s no wonder there are concerns over the fact he has four years remaining on his contract, with his prime years behind him.

“I’m going to work out hard like I do every summer and be ready for next year,” Lecavalier said. “I believe in myself and where I should be. Like I said, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs this year, but I believe in what I can do.”

  1. michael91148 - May 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Vinny has never been accused of being a hard worker, but he is coming out with these comments, probably to make sure he isn’t the first player to have his contract bought out TWICE !!!!!!

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Is anybody tired of hearing a future hall of famer can be better

      • alicesrightfootesq - May 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        V40 is not a HoFer.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Your out of your mind when he retires his numbers will rival or surpass Mike Modano who is a first ballot HOFer

      • alicesrightfootesq - May 5, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Ahh they let Cam Neely, might as well let every one else in, too.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        Ya know I was wondering the same thing but he did all that in like 600 games

      • flyerspsu - May 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Vinny will definitely be a hall of famer when his career ends, he slowed down pretty early in his career but hes only 34 and already has over 400 goals, 500 assist and a stanley cup

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 5, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Thank you it just shows how Flyers fans have superior knowledge of the NHL

  2. davidmcclay - May 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Flyers have already used both of their buyouts.

  3. chaseutley - May 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Funny, but not likely. The Flyers bought out Bryzgalov and Briere last summer.

  4. durila1 - May 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    It’s the philly curse. They bring the worst out of the best.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - May 5, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Yea, there is a lot of dead money remaining in this contract. People better just vent now and get it over with. Vinny is due to be here in Philly till 2018.

  6. flyboystransport - May 5, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Wasn’t brought in to play for berube so unless he waives his no trade clause he’s stuck here. I still think bray den schenn gets moved (would’ve been resigned by now otherwise) so he may still likely end up as the 2nd line center at some point

    • flyerspsu - May 5, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Schenn not being resigned right now is because Schenn decided before the season started he wasnt going to negotiate or talk about his contract until the offseason, as for Vinny i dont see him being a #2 center for the rest of his career

      • vanindeed - May 5, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Vinny has a lot of miles on him. Old 34

  7. whammy71 - May 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Oh look…..another “we’ll get’em next year” article. I love reading these at this time of year.

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