Report: Flyers GM Ron Hextall discussed possible trade with Lecavalier's agent

Jun 11, 7:14 PM

The Vincent Lecavalier era in Philadelphia might be short-lived, according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger. 

Lecavalier was signed by the Philadelphia Flyers after the Tampa Bay Lightning used a compliance buyout on his long-term contract last summer, but he often struggled in his first season on Broad Street. Though the former Lightning star managed 20 goals, he was a liability at even-strength and found himself demoted to a fourth-line role for the postseason. 

Considering Lecavalier's atrophying two-way effectiveness and his sizable cap-hit, it's not exactly a huge surprise the Flyers have interest in trading the 34-year-old center. "The word on the street is that, yes, Vincent Lecavalier most definitely is in play," TSN's Darren Dreger said during a segment of Insider Trading on "Sportscentre" Wednesday night. 

Any deal involving Lecavalier is likely to prove complicated. The aging star is on a contract that carries a $4.5 million cap-hit through the 2017-18 season, a hefty figure that could necessitate a retained salary transaction. Also Lecavalier has a full no-movement clause per capgeek.com, so he'll have the right to hit send on any potential deal.

The Flyers have already began working with Lecavalier's camp to work out a resolution to this issue, Dreger reported. "[Lecavalier's] agent has already talked to [Flyers GM] Ron Hextall about the possibility of moving Vincent Lecavalier," Dreger said, adding that at the moment there's no "list" of potential destinations where Lecavalier would agree to be traded to.

Sep 17, 6:32 PM

Lecavalier on summer trade speculation: 'An accommodation would have been good'

Sep 17, 6:32 PM

Philadelphia Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier arrived at training camp early and five pounds lighter, and is eager for a "clean slate" after a summer full of speculation that the club was looking to dump his $4.5-million salary cap hit.

Having said that, it appears as though Lecavalier would have welcomed a move, especially after seeing under nine minutes of ice time in a Game 7 loss in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of the New York Rangers.

“Look, I'm a proud guy,” Lecavalier told CSN Philly. “It was a tough summer. An accommodation would have been good for myself and another team, but nothing materialized out of it."

Lecavalier qualified that statement with this follow up: “I am happy here. I like the guys on this team. Obviously, the end of the year was tough on me. Game 7 was tough. I move on. You have to move on. And I believe in this team.”

Head coach Craig Berube added he feels Lecavalier is "going to have a good year," sparked by moving him back to center.

Lecavalier did manage 20 goals in limited ice time last season, and he and the team could benefit from a move back to his more natural position, where he admittedly feels "more comfortable."

Aug 26, 9:36 AM

Flyers coach Berube: Lecavalier needs to 'get over' hearing his name in summer trade rumors

Aug 26, 9:36 AM

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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."

Jul 5, 11:57 AM

Report: Flyers likely to retain salary in order to trade Lecavalier

Jul 5, 11:57 AM

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The Philadelphia Flyers continue their attempts to find a new home for center Vincent Lecavalier, but according to Randy Miller of NJ.com, "the Flyers likely will have to eat half of Lecavalier's remaining salary and cap hit in a five-year, $22.5 million contract that has four seasons to go."

The Ottawa Senators are believed to be out of the running after having signed David Legwand to a two-year deal Friday.

Miller, however, cites the Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers remain a possible trade partners.

Lecavalier, 34, scored 20 goals this past season, but managed only 37 total points, his lowest total since 2001-02.

Jul 4, 8:31 AM

Report: No deal close that would land Lecavalier with the Senators

Jul 4, 8:31 AM

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As the NHL offseason wears on, trade rumors involving Philadelphia Flyers centerman Vincent Lecavalier continue to swirl around any team looking to fill a gaping hole in the middle of its lineup.

After dealing Jason Spezza hours before the opening of free-agency on July 1, the Ottawa Senators are one of the teams aching for some size and skill at center. That said, it doesn't look as though Lecavalier will ply his trade in Canada's captial.

Unfortunately for the Flyers, their refusal to eat more than $1-million per year of Lecavalier's considerable salary will likely be a sticking point in any possible trade involving the former first overall pick.

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Jul 3, 2:14 PM

Report: Flyers in talks with teams about Lecavalier; refusal to pick up salary a sticking point

Jul 3, 2:14 PM

The Vincent Lecavalier saga continued Thursday, with rumors surfacing that the Ottawa Senators could be destination for the big pivot should the Philadelphia Flyers agree to eat some of his massive salary.

With the Senators trading away Jason Spezza on July 1, there's a gaping hole up the middle that Lecavalier could help fill. Unfortunately, the $6 million and $6.5 million owed to him over the next two seasons may be too rich for the cash-strapped Senators.

The Flyers' reported refusal to take on higher than $1 million per year of Lecavalier's contract looks to be a sticking point with in every possible deal involving the 34-year-old former first overall pick, with the Nashville Predators reportedly nixing a trade earlier this week.

Jun 27, 4:34 PM

Report: Flyers in talks with Panthers to acquire No. 1 pick, includes Lecavalier

Jun 27, 4:34 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly trying to trade up and acquire the first overall draft pick ahead of tonight's draft. Tim Panaccio reports forward Vincent Lecavalier is part of their proposed deal.

Lecavalier was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning last year and signed a five-year, $22.5-million contract as a free agent with the Flyers.

Jun 26, 12:09 PM

Report: Lecavalier's camp given permission to speak with other clubs

Jun 26, 12:09 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers thought enough of Vincent Lecavalier to invest five years and $22.5 million, but it appears their sentiment has since distorted to the point that the club will allow his agent to negotiate a trade for them. 

Kent Hughes has reportedly been granted permission to approach other clubs regarding a trade, per TSN's Darren Dreger. 

Aside from his lengthy contract and a considerable downturn in performance, Lecavalier is set to earn a $2 million bonus from the Flyers on July 1 - a sticking point that will likely preclude a trade before free agency begins.  

Lecavalier has four years at an average annual value of $4.5 million remaining on his current deal after being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. 

Jun 13, 6:39 PM

Lecavalier's agent says he's not asking for a trade right now

Jun 13, 6:39 PM

On Wednesday night, it was reported the Vincent Lecavalier's agent Kent Hughes and Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall had met with one another to discuss the possibility of trading the 34-year-old center who underachieved in his first season in Philadelphia. 

On Friday, the two sides spoke with CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio and clarified the situation. 

"If [Flyers coach Craig] Berube wants [Lecavalier] as a fourth-line center, Philly is not going to pay him those dollars but we haven’t specifically asked for a trade nor have they come to us saying they want to trade him," Hughes said.

Hextall echoed those vague comments: "I’ve had discussions with [Hughes] but I’m not going to discuss where it’s going because quite frankly I don’t know. It’s something we’ll deal with internally here and when we come up with something we’ll let you guys know."

While the process to potentially trade Lecavalier doesn't seem to be far along, it's clear that neither side is happy with how last season ended - with Lecavalier playing limited minutes in the postseason, on the Flyers' fourth-line. In the meantime, speculation will continue to run rampant, and Panaccio cites an anonymous source saying "the Flyers are aware of what would satisfy Lecavalier and they are looking to move him."

Teased Hughes: "There’s not much to all of this at this point, but that’s not to say there won’t be in the future."

Lecavalier has a no-trade clause, and will make an average of $4.5 million per season through the 2017-18 campaign. The former Tampa Bay Lightning star's contract cannot be the target of a compliance buyout because it was signed after 15 September 2012 and also because the Flyers already used both of their compliance buyouts last summer.

If the Flyers do find a taker for Lecavalier's pricey deal this offseason, presumably they'll need to retain a significant portion of his salary.