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.