Lecavalier moved to the Flyers' 4th line
When the Philadelphia Flyers inked former Rocket Richard Trophy winner Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million contract in the offseason, they likely envisioned him as a solid source of secondary scoring that could take pressure off Claude Giroux up the middle.
Unfortunately for Lecavalier and the Flyers, the 14-year veteran has struggled in the City of Brotherly Love, causing head coach Craig Berube to move the former Lightning captain to an unfamiliar position in the lineup: the fourth line.
“It wasn’t working where it was, so I put him in the middle there,” Berube told Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post. “That’s where we’re gonna start right now.
“We’ll take it shift-by-shift right now.”
Lecavalier, for his part, isn't too happy about the situation, but is taking the standard professional athlete route and saying all the right things.
“No,” Lecavalier told Isaac when asked if this what he had in mind when he shifted back over to center from the wing. “But I’ll do my best tonight and make sure that our line is ready to go.”
Although the Flyers may be having buyer's remorse in regards to Lecavalier's albatross of a contract, Berube is still confident the former All-Star can turn it around.
“I think he expects more. We all did. I still think he can.”