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The Philadelphia Flyers are believed to have been exploring trade options involving Vincent Lecavalier over the course of the summer. With a deal unable to be reached, head coach Craig Berube has a simple message for the veteran forward in regards to the team's attempts to move him: "Get over it."
Speaking to Randy Miller of NJ.com, Berube added what he's expecting to see from Lecavalier once training camp convenes in September:
"First of all, he needs to come to camp in great shape. Not in good shape. Great shape just like everybody else. That's a start if he does. We'll see at camp."
"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 have to do a little bit better job managing him and he's got to buy into the team."
With four years and $18 million left on his contract, the Flyers appear to have a touch of buyer's remorse when it comes to Lecavalier. Berube, however, believes the 34-year-old can still be a valuable asset to his team.
"He can do it," Berube said. "I know he can do it. The guy's won a Cup, so he had to play good defense when he won a Cup. I'll guarantee that he played both sides of the puck well. I think Vinny's going to come in and he's going to be a competitive guy this year and he's going to want to help the team."