Vincent Lecavalier Signs With Flyers
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier has agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The 33 year old centerman will cost $4.5 million against the salary cap. He also owns a full no movement clause (NMC).
Lecavalier was most recently bought out by the Lightning due to his 11-year, $85 million extension signed back in 2008 being too much for the organization to handle. Ever since his buyout, he quickly interviewed with many teams, including the Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars, and the eventual winners, the Flyers.
The former first overall pick in 1998 has seen his production drop steadily since the 2006-07 season in which he posted 108 points. Since then, he has scored fewer than a point per game. Most recently, Lecavalier scored 10 goals and 22 assists in 39 games during the lockout-shortened season.
Lecavalier won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Lightning in 2004, scoring 16 points in 24 games.
The move raises questions about the team's future. In need of a goalie of any sort, it appears extra moves will be needed to alleviate cap space to sign one. This might spell the end of the road for Braydon Coburn in the orange and black, whose move would free exactly $4.5 million and set the Flyers back to square one.
It may also hinder the growth of centers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, who may be slated as third and fourth line centers on the depth chart, respectively.
Lecavalier will bring size, skill, versatility and faceoff skill to the center position—something the team desperately needed.
Free agent frenzy will officially begin on Friday, July 5.