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Report: Lecavalier’s agent permitted to seek trade partner

Jun 26, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

Nearly one year after making a splash to acquire him, the Flyers are working to send Vincent Lecavalier out of Philadelphia.

On Thursday, TSN reported that Philly has granted permission for Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, to find a trade partner prior to July 1. That date is a key one as it’s when the Flyers owe Lecavalier a $2 million bonus, one they’d obviously prefer not to pay if they plan to part ways with the ex-Lightning captain this summer.

And that parting of ways seems as though it’s going to happen.

Things have been slowly building up to this point — Lecavalier, signed under the pretense he’d be a good fit in Peter Laviolette’s offensively inclined system, struggled under Craig Berube and was demoted to the fourth line late in the season, which prompted this:

Following the Flyers’ opening-round loss to the Rangers, Lecavalier admitted he had a tough first season in Philadelphia — just 37 points in 69 games, with a minus-16 rating — and the Flyers’ brass acknowledged they expected more from him next year.

Now, though, that script seems to be flipped. With Lecavalier set to earn $6 million in salary next season (and another $2M via bonus), it sounds as though the organization simply wants to get out from under a deal that carries a $4.5 million annual cap hit until 2018.

Further complicating things is the fact Lecavalier has a no-movement clause, meaning he holds the hammer in regards to where he can be moved. It explains why Hughes has been brought into the mix.

  1. tampabayirish - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    For as many high profile mistakes that the Flyers front office seems to make it is somewhat amazing to me in a hard salary cap era that they still have a pretty good team.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      w/ the Flyers its either a great or awful move

      • avscup - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        With every fan it is either a great or awful move. No offense intended. It is either a productive move or it doesn;t work out. there really is no in between.

      • flyerspsu - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        there certainly is an in between great and awful, I dont think you can say the Hartnell deal is awful or great, the Flyers just tend to hit home runs or miss terribly moreso than most teams, plenty of teams screw up a lot like the Flyers but dont make as many real good moves in addition that always have them as a good team and there arent many good teams that make as many bonehead moves as the Flyers

    • 19to77 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      The Flyers make up for compulsive wheeling and dealing by drafting well and actually trading well too. Trading constantly does hurt their ability to form a cohesive unit, but for the most part the deals themselves are pretty good. Carter got them Voracek and Couturier. Richards got them Simmonds and Brayden Schenn. Steve Mason cost them Leighton and a 3rd-round pick. They drop the ball too sometimes – JVR for Luke Schenn comes to mind – but where they really burn themselves is free agency. They throw too much money at UFAs like Breezy and Lecavalier and then they’re surprised when they turn out to be on the tail end of their careers.

      Seriously, free agency is often a ripoff when you try to use it to fill high-profile positions. You don’t find top-flight centres or starting goalies as UFAs. It’s just too expensive that way – plus they’re usually 30+ and declining. Free agency is how you add the secondary pieces you need to round out a Cup contender. If Hextall realizes that, the Flyers will be much better off under his management than Holmgren’s.

      • meldboy - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Spot on 19to77.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        I agree, but JVR trade looked good at the time. They needed Defensive help , had a bunch of 20 + goal scores, and JVR was always injured so I liked the trade. TERRIBLE contracts to FA though.

      • flyerspsu - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        though they also could have gotten a lot more than Schenn straight up at the time which made it a bit of a headscratcher and ended up even worse than expected

      • robocop3999 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        #truth bro

  2. chunkyschoice - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Good luck. This would be a compliance buyout, but oh wait Philly used them both already.

    • iwt5007 - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Oh wait this contract was signed after the new CBA so it wouldn’t matter anyways….

      • narfmoo12 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        Beautiful response!

      • chunkyschoice - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        Thats even worse then

    • 19to77 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      It’s probably a good thing each team only got two of those. We’d be hearing about a fresh victim in Philadelphia every summer otherwise.

      • gnashty - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        It’s funny, because unfortunately it’s true.

  3. President Charles Logan - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    I thought he would have scored 50 points and had a Jagr type of season this -past year … but I guess age and the system Chief ran didnt work too well for this guy . I think they’ll be a team that takes him though .

  4. phtjoey - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    It’s doubtful they will find a trade partner, so the best course of action might be a buyout after clearing waivers. If he has a no move clause then he can reject the option of waivers and proceed immediately to a buyout. Will he end up in Montreal after the snub?

  5. DED - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Why did Philly expect more out of him? His numbers were on a steady decline for a few years in a row. If Tampa thought it was a fluke, would they have bought him out? The man had several great years, but he peaked in 2006-07.

    Was $4.5 million a good salary after $7.7 million (average cap hit) and making more than that in the early years of his contract? Yes. Maybe if the Flyers had more cap space this would’ve been an ok deal, but they rolled the dice and came up short.

    He’s a great guy, but sadly, the man’s career is winding down.

  6. furkmyster - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    The five year length of contract was a huge mistake that Holmgren made. The cap number isn’t terrible, just the length of the deal. Which they will learn with Andrew MacDonald soon enough.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      There’s a huge difference between giving a 27-yr old defender a 6 year deal and a 33-year old, 14-year vet, a 5 year contract. It’s apples to oranges. I’ll admit I was happy about adding Vinny (thought he’d slide into #2C role) but there’s no denying his precipitous decline.

  7. westinpat - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Three way trade with Buffalo and another team. Buffalo takes on Lecavalier’s salary and receives Philly’s first round pick, Philly gets a player/prospect from Team C, Team C gets Lecavalier at a lower cap hit from Buffalo.

    Likelihood of happening… not much but you never know.

    • petersteelewannabe - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Why would they give up their #1 pick when he can traded for a prospect and Philly eats some of Vinny’s salary?

      • westinpat - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Just a thought. Isn’t Philly looking to save money, not take it on?

      • paul621 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Not save money; save cap space. Big difference.

      • paul621 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        It says that his agent was “granted permission” to work on a trade, suggesting that Vinny wants out, but elsewhere in the article you suggest that it’s the Flyers wanting to move him. Which is it? Did they grant him permission, or ask him to go looking?

      • paul621 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        I have no idea why this comment showed up here. Sorry about that.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      I’m guessing you missed all those article on Hextall saying “we need to build future through the draft”?

  8. ufostomper - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Why in the world would the flyers trad vinny and their first round pick for a prospect?

    • bobbybarnard1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      they want him gone and are willing to pay for the privilege of dumping a bad contract.

      • flyerspsu - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        Not to the point of giving up their 1st round pick, they’ll retain salary before even considering giving away important assets just to get him off their hands

  9. iowa02 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    At this stage of his career, a buyout after being a franchise player and now a trade or waivers one year into a five year contract, you just got to feel for the guy.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Nope. Not at all.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        …why not?

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        How much money has they guy made playing the game he loves?
        He got to EARN MONEY DOING WHAT HE LOVES.

        Did you make that kind of money….doing what you LOVE?

        I don’t make that kind of money.
        I don’t love my job.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        you aren’t used to the fact that they make a lot of money by now? just because he made a lot through the years doesn’t mean he isn’t getting boned for millions of dollars.

        talking about yourself that much, I’m sensing a bit of athlete envy. grow up man.

      • mcphillthy - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        I agree with sportsjudge. Not a drop of sympathy from me either. Vinny can retire nicely and provide for his family for MANY Yeats. Generations of his family will be set. And like he said above he got to do it playing the game he loves.
        I feel bad for people who are homeless or unemployed or sick. Not for millionaire sports players who ended up on a team they didn’t like.
        Boo….hoo……

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Athlete envy? What is that? Is that like athlete’s foot? No, I am not envious of them. Also, I made 2 statements about me, I don’t think that is talking about myself that much.

  10. dallas5sb - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Flyers are infamous for signing good hockey players after their glory says are behind them. I like homer but he was no Gm

  11. kfraser91 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    There should be a limit for the amount of years a FA can be signed to – say a max of 4-5? maybe this would force teams to make smarter decisions and more reasonable contracts. Signing a player to 5-7+ years is ridiculous when all theyre going to do is use a buyout or some other way to get out of it within 3 years anyway. That way maybe teams will be signing guys to 3 year deals for $5-6M (for the ‘superstar free agents’) per year and if they want to keep the guy around they have to make an extension. If they dont, welcome back to FA. Its frustrating to see your team lose out on a possible FA signing because some team decides to throw a 7 year contract for $40some million to a guy who’s already 30 and then cut him 2-3 years later. It just seems like this could make for a lot more “fair” practices during FA and an equal chance at teams to sign the top FA. Imagine what Niskanen is going to get out of this year. he could be a valuable piece to a contending team (like Detroit for a 2-3 year contract worth $4-5Mper) yet they will likely lose out to a team who is going to throw a 6-7 year deal at him with no intention of seeing the contract through to its end.

  12. jake6881 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I think Vinny just needs a shot at Center on the 2nd line with consistent line mates. He got hurt twice last year that cost him 5 weeks of the season. Then got stuck on the wing on a team with a new system and new coach. He can get you 30 goals when put in the proper situations by his coach. They need to use his abilities correctly. Stop making him a wing! We over paid for him but get over it. He can be a great compliment to G.

    • blackandorangeforlife - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      “Stop making him a wing!”….” He can be a great compliment to G”…..Ummm G is a center!

    • flyerspsu - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Disagree, the injuries definitely hindered him but it is very clear he has declined mightily, he skates like he has anchors on his skates, he has always been very poor defensively and now that he doesn’t produce all that much offensively it seems like he does more harm than good, Vinny will never be a #2 center again

  13. paul621 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    It says that his agent was “granted permission” to work on a trade, suggesting that Vinny wants out, but elsewhere in the article you suggest that it’s the Flyers wanting to move him. Which is it? Did they grant him permission, or ask him to go looking?

    • bobbybarnard1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      looks like the old heave ho to me.

  14. bobbybarnard1 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    why do owners believe that they can turn back the hands of time? this will increase stamkos’ career as he no longer had to carry vinnie on his back.

  15. lennaykekua - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    A reunion w Marty on Bway?!

  16. treasureseekerblog - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    So Philly overpays and over extends this contract and it’s Vinny’s fault. He was at best a third line center paid like a first line center. They brought this on themselves

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