Less than an hour after the Pittsburgh Penguins locked up defenseman Kris Letang with an eight-year contract extension, the Philadelphia Flyers stole back that spotlight by snagging high-profile unrestricted free agent Vincent Lecavalier to a multi-year contract.
No terms were disclosed, but multiple reports out of Canada state it’s a five-year deal worth $4.5 million per season. Additional reports cite a full no-movement clause was included.
Lecavalier finished his 14th NHL campaign with 10 goals and 32 points over 39 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He passed over several clubs, including the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens, to hook on with Philadelphia.
The man who beat Ilya Bryzgalov for the honor of the largest single buyout in the brief era of the fail-safe measure, the 33-year-old left Florida’s Gulf Coast on June 27 having totaled 383 goals and 491 assists for 874 points in 1,037 regular-season games.
Captain for the 2004 Stanley Cup winners, Lecavalier added 52 points (24G, 28A) over 63 postseason contests.
It is almost certain that more than one piece to the puzzle will have to be moved, with the onset of free agency less than 72 hours away.