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.
Berube was asked by Randy Miller of NJ.com how he will respond to Lecavalier given all the trade rumors this summer and the head coach was very candid saying, "get over it." Berube explained to Miller, "He just needs to change his game a little bit. We talked about that after the season and he's willing to do that. And I'm willing to bend a little bit here, too, so I've have to do a little bit better job managing him and he's got to buy into the team."
The 34-year-old scored 20 goals and dished out 17 assists for 37 points in 69 games this season for the Flyers but only had one goal and one assist in the seven-game series against New York in the playoffs.
It is surprising Lecavalier is still in Philadelphia but that is the case and he, along with the Flyers organization, need to make it work.
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