Flyers win Le Sweepstakes, sign Lecavalier

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.



  • BigPoppaPuck

    Ughh. I respect the flyers for always trying to go for it. I wonder if this means that they are going to try to move Schenn or Couturier and Coburn for a young D. Would love to see them try to move Schenn to wing for next season and try him and Lecav together. i thought this offseason Homer was going to try something diff.

    • Kevin Christmann

      I expect one or both of Coburn or Meszaros get traded now. I also would expect Schenn to move to wing for good now. No more bouncing back and forth for him (which will be good).

      • BigPoppaPuck

        this move makes me wonder just really what were some of the offers during the draft for the Flyers. I would prefer the young defenseman rather then trading for Yandle or whoever else. Kind of wonder what we could get back for Coburn from Edmonton. What number is Lecav gonna wear with 4 being retired, 14, 24, 44 are already taken.