Flyers ink Vincent Lecavalier
It didn’t take Vincent Lecavalier a long time to find a new home.
After being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning last Thursday, reports point to Lecavalier joining on with the Philadelphia Flyers.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported that the Flyers had inked the former No. 1 pick to a five year deal worth $22.5 million, which comes out to a $4.5 million cap hit.
5 years, $4.5 per for Vinny in Philly confirmed.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 2, 2013
“Very excited, he’s going to bring a lot to our team,” Flyers star center Claude Giroux told TSN’s Pierre Lebrun of his team’s newest acquisition.
On top of the money Lecavalier will make on his new deal, Tampa Bay still owes their long time center $32.667 million over the next 14 years as part of the largest buyout in NHL history.
Now 33, Lecavalier will be entering his 15th NHL season, but his first while not a member of the Lightning. In 1,037 games with Tampa, he netted 383 goals, both tops in franchise history, while placing second with 874 points. Lecavalier also helped the Lightning to their first ever Stanley Cup Championship, as his team defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games in 2004. He had captained Tampa Bay since 2008.