Flyers and Vincent Lecavalier reach terms
With one of the first big moves of the off-season, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed free agent center Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million deal.
The 33-year-old, high-scoring, big center’s contract was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning who he had 10 goals and 32 points for over 39 games last year, according to Philly.com. Lecavalier brings a veteran scorer to the Flyers front line, and should help them after they missed the playoffs for only the second time in the past 18 years.
It was quite a surprising move for the Flyers and Lecavalier. He will be earning $4.5 million per year after the Flyers just bought out the expensive contracts of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and scorer Danny Briere, points out NBC Sports. This takes out a significant amount of the minimal amount of cap space they had, including the amount that will be added after Chris Pronger is placed on the long-term injured reserve list.
The Flyers have had problems with big contracts before, and this keeps Lecavalier in Philly until he is 38, thanks to a no-movement clause in the contract. However, the Flyers hope that Lecavalier, who has scored 874 points in his career, according to a release by the Flyers, will find his scoring touch in Philly and help bring the Broad Street Bullies back to the playoffs.
Now, the Flyers look towards their two main issues, goalie and defense. They have addressed the future of the defense through the draft but this upcoming season’s defense makes fans nervous. Right now, Steve Mason is the Flyers goalie, but there have been talks of Philadelphia being a good landing spot for former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.