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Report: Lecavalier is on the trade market

Jun 12, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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Just one year after being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning and inked to a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers, Vincent Lecavalier could find himself on the move again, per TSN.

That’s hardly shocking after the year he had with Philadelphia, which culminated in him averaging just 10:41 minutes per game in the playoffs.

He has a no-movement clause though and while Flyers GM Ron Hextall has reportedly already talked to his agent, Kent Hughes, about the possibility of trading him, it remains to be seen if Lecavalier will veto any potential trade.

There might be a bigger road block though: the market for him, or more specifically if there even is one. It might sound silly to assume that there aren’t teams that would jump through hoops to get him, but he’s 34 years old now and hasn’t recorded more than 54 points in any of his last four campaigns.

Injuries have played a role in that, but given his age and recent history, it seems entirely possible that he will continue to deal with health problems going forward. Combine that with the fact that he has four seasons left on his contract and it starts to become clear why Philadelphia might not want him and why other teams might decide to pass as well.

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Hextall likes ‘young players’ and ‘draft picks’

Lecavalier believes he can be better after ‘tough year’

  1. stcrowe - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    “Oops” says Paul Holmgren. Do the Flyers have any more compliance buyouts left. That may be their cheapest option.

    • kastout11 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      They have no more compliance buyouts. They used one of Briere and one on Bryzgalov.

      • ewampus - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        Plus they signed him after the new CBA

  2. buffbry - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    trade him to Detroit for Weiss straight up, similar salaries and both can use a fresh start.

    • pjblake2redwings - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I would happily take that trade of Weiss for Vinny

    • rbbbaron - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Yeah I’m sure there are a lot of teams willing to give up anything resembling an asset for Weiss, lol

  3. cjnbsc - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Wouldn’t touch that contract.

  4. lilgurgi - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    What’s worse is that Holmgren signed him originally based on Lecavalier liking Laviolette’s system. 3 games into the season the Flyers decide Laviolette isn’t a good fit and now they’re stuck with contract made for a buy-out…which they don’t have any more left.

    • chaseutley - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      It’s a good bet that Lavvy will be receiving a phone call from Hextall in the next month.
      (No. Shea Weber to Philly is not happening.)

    • sneakers10 - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      And the part of that you don’t understand is .
      The problems you run into when you let Paul Holmgren run your franchise.

  5. statsdolie - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    A bad contract for another bad contract assuming it will help a need for both teams

  6. djshnooks - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I could see a team like Buffalo taking on a player/salary like this for a draft pick, to help a team…then use one of their remaining two buyouts on him.

    Or grabbing him to flip him and keep some of the salary…which they could afford to do if a trade helped them get a draft pick.

    That’s the best thing about the position they’re in…they can pretty much ponder ANY move, to help them get what they need and/or want from another team.

    They’re probably the only, or one of few, teams who could afford to do something like that and not have it hurt them at all.

    I’m sure Murray’s phone has been blowing up…and will continue to do so for a year.

    • westinpat - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      I wanted Buffalo to take a run at him last summer, this summer… not so much.

      Although you make a good point of eating some of his salary for a team that really wants him but can’t afford him. I say trade for Lecavalier only if the deal(s) are right for the team’s future.

    • jonnyhammersticks - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Lecavalier was signed after the new CBA so no one can use a compliance buy out on that contract. The Sabres could afford a regular buy out cap wise but then they would still have to pay him a total of $12.5 million whether it is compliance or not. That’s a lot to ask of an organization financially and for what, maybe a couple of late round Flyers draft picks?

      I can see your idea though of the Sabres taking on a contract and then flipping the player to another team while retaining some salary.

  7. purpleguy - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    If the Flyers throw in his walker and cane, the deal just might get done.

  8. vbcaps - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    If I am a Philly fan, I’m glad holgrom isn’t signing any more player contracts

    • flyerspsu - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      we are

  9. rupp246 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Don’t understand why these gm’s sign these type of players that r past their prime to 5yr contracts

    • har21441 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      In Holmgrens case it lead to a promotion

      • twpguy1964 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        If you knew the situation, It’s NOT a promotion! Let me explain… Flyers wanted Hextall as GM, so he didn’t leave. Holmgren was under pressure, IN PART because of a certain owner to acquire players. The Flyers are loyal to a fault so Homer just went sideways, not up. As long as Ed is “The Man” It all goes through him in the end

  10. twpguy1964 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    I’m not gonna rip Vinny, he’s a class act, played hurt and out of position! That’s not his fault! Holmgren gave him the contract, NOT his fault. You might have to add a prospect in a deal to get somebody to take him.

  11. c9castine - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    i feel like hes a perfect fit for chicago right now who is looking hard for a real number 2 center.

    lecavalier isnt done, i just dont think that was ever the team for him.

  12. petersteelewannabe - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Most likely scenario-

    Flyers eat somewhere between 1 and 2M per season on the trade, depending on what they get in return (I can’t imagine it would be anything better than a middling player/prospect or 3rd round pick). I can’t blame VL for this-the Flyers were deeper than heck at Center already when he was signed-this didn’t make much sense for either from day 1. Good luck to him wherever he ends up, he is a class dude.

    • c9castine - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      with his value and salary and age and so forth id imagine somebody else is going to be eating that salary but trade off being they will give up a promising young player or two.

  13. inbullieswetrust - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    He’s trading him to Nashville. Not to hard to figure it out

    • hockey412 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      I still don’t think Poile wants anything to do with Philly.

    • mikedoc315 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      I agree inbullieswetrust, Nashville makes sense,Laviolette is one the reason’s that Vinny came to Philly.Plus he fills their needs too,they can just send us Shea Weber in return hahaha. But where ever he ends up I wish him well.

  14. flyboystransport - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Flyers will only have to eat part of his salary this upcoming season. His cap hit stays at $4.5 million but after this season his salary goes to under $3. TRADE HIM TO MONTREAL FOR BRIERE!!!!!!

  15. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Want David Clarkson? Vinny’s probably more useful that old Lead foot Clarkson.

  16. jpat2424 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Send him to Florida. Tallon would love that contract

  17. President Charles Logan - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    lol nobody’s taking that contract , sorry girls.

  18. courtjester1234 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    How is this news? Didn’t we all know this after Lavys was given the reigns AND the lack of production that Homer though he paid for. And I agree with most Vin did the best he could in the new system

  19. winnipegwonder - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Jets could use him

  20. chief361 - Jun 13, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    wow! total surprise… … . . . .

  21. schizowallflower - Jun 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Swap him and Spezza.

  22. falstaffsmind - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    The problem with Vinny is his skating has become glacial. He was never very fast, but he’s still skating the previous shift out there these days. The game has become so fast, it’s hard to fit a guy whose skating is suspect.

  23. JerseyGirl - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    The main issue is that Vinny is a center & the Flyers have too many centers. So it’s not so much his contract & cap hit as much as it having that high of a salary & cap hit for a guy your going to use as a fourth line center.

    If we trade Lecavalier for [let's say for example] a 1st line left winger with a similarly high salary / cap it, that can make better use of Lecavalier — everyone wins. I’m thinking maybe we trade Vinny over to be his friends Marty & Brad in NY, & we get the left winger NYR fans keep b*tching about — Rick Nash. Maybe Vinny, Marty & Brad being reunited will light a spark under Brad Richards butt & he’ll start playing better & maybe Nash can get a little something going with Roo. Nash already has some old friends from Columbus that are Flyers now.

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