The Flyers were reportedly working on a deal with the Nashville Predators on Monday night that would've sent Vinny Lecavalier to Nashville after Philadelphia paid his $2 million bonus. The talks stalled a bit and members of the Flyers front office grew increasingly concerned about their ability to move Lecavalier.
There have some back-and-forth reports about who the Flyers are talking to about a Lecavalier deal and a new team entered the mix on Thursday morning: the Ottawa Senators. CSN Philly reports Senators general manager Bryan Murray wants the Flyers to eat part of Lecavalier's contract in addition to adding an additional asset, presumably a player or a pick, to the deal. That's a hefty price.
At a certain point, the Flyers need to realize that Lecavalier still holds value on the ice. The Flyers are not trying to move Chris Pronger's contract, Lecavalier, despite a bad back, scored 20 goals last season.
Granted, there are still good reasons to move him. He has a cap hit of $4.5 million for the next four seasons. The former No. 1 overall pick didn't seem to fit in all that well in head coach Craig Berube's system and found himself relegated to a fourth line center role and a power play specialist on the Flyers' second power play unit. To show how far the former All Star had fallen in the eyes of Berube, Lecavalier only played 8:45 in Game Seven against the Rangers on April 30th and did not play in the third period.
But, with that said, Lecavalier still has value and if teams are asking the Flyers to eat a large portion of his contract and add assets to the deal, I say "no."
Buzz on Broad's Danny Ricciardi wrote a compelling piece earlier today about the benefits of bringing Lecavalier back to Philadelphia and putting him on a different line where the Flyers could maximize his impact. Whether you agree or disagree with Ricciardi isn't the point; the point is there is a case that can be made to bring Lecavalier back and still have him produce.
What's the point of giving away assets and not receiving the full $4.5 million cap relief? I honestly don't see it. And I'm one who has been clamoring for a Lecavalier trade since mid-season.
I still do think the Flyers best course of action is to find a trade partner to take on Lecavalier's deal and expect no return. I'd be alright with that. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there is a market for Lecavalier's full deal despite having to part with only future considerations. If the market is asking for the Flyers to eat upwards of half of Lecavalier's deal, I say walk away and revisit it later.
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