The Flyers early this evening announced that they have traded forward Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jordan Weal and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Lecavalier, 35, was signed during Free Agency in 2013 and appeared in 133 games with the team. He recorded only 28 goals and 30 assists for a total of 58 points in his short time with the Flyers. He appeared in only seven games with the club this year, recording just an assist. His agent, Kent Hughes, told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that this will be his final year in the league, forgoing his final two years on the deal that he signed while in Philly. He will wear #44 with the Kings.
Schenn, 26, was acquired via a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs that sent forward James van Riemsdyk north of the border. The elder Schenn appeared in 213 games with the team, recording 12 goals and 30 assists for 42 points and a -6 rating. In 23 games this year, he put up two goals and three assists for five points and a -7 rating. With defenseman Matt Greene out for the remainder of the season, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi needed a player to replace him, and he says that Schenn is very similar to Greene. Schenn will be a free agent at the end of this season. He will wear #52 with the Kings.
As for the new Flyer, Weal, 23, has only appeared in 10 games with the Kings this season, recording no points. He's played the last three seasons with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL, where he recorded 58 goals and 114 assists for 172 points. He was also the Calder Cup MVP last season. Here's Billy Jaffe's scouting report:
What does this mean for the salary cap for the Flyers? The team will retain 50% of each of their cap hits, which means that the Flyers will save $1.8 million with Schenn and $2.25 million with Lecavalier. That's a little above $4 million saved. Not that bad, right? Until you take a look at this:
There are a few questions that might come up. One is whether or not the Flyers will call up another defenseman after losing Schenn. With Vinny gone, it'll look like Weal will take his spot. Will we see Morin? Davis Drewiske? A forward? Nobody? We don't know. Another question is if this might mean the team will try to trade for Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin. The teams have been talking about this trade for some time now, and I'd be surprised that this deal is to try and get Drouin here. Hold your horses if you want to see the young forward come to Philly.
We should see Evgeny Medvedev stop being a healthy scratch now that Schenn is out of town, and it definitely looks like Shayne Gostisbehere is here to stay. The team didn't really gain any talent out of this (yet, note the draft pick), but salary cap wise, Hextall is a wizard. (PRESS RELEASE)
Here's a video from last year about Weal: