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.
Then the Predators signed center Olli Jokinen today which had many believing that would kill any Lecavalier trade. Predators general manager David Poile explained following the signing that Jokinen's signing might not be the end of the team adding centers as Poile said, "Right now we have [Jokinen] penciled in at center, but he can play wing."
The Tennessean's Joshua Cooper believes Lecavalier is a fit for the Predators even after the moves Nashville made. Cooper writes, "Lecavalier wouldn't be the best choice -- he's 34 years old, coming off one of the worst seasons of his career with 37 points in 69 games, and has four years left on his contract -- but he's not a bad one... He was and still is a Predators option."
The return for the Flyers is not expected to be much, if anything. The main goal for the Flyers is likely to find a taker of Lecavalier's full contract which has a cap hit of $4.5 million for the next four seasons. The cap space alone would be enough of a return for Ron Hextall.
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.
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.
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