Flyers' Lecavalier admits he was drawn to Philadelphia by former coach Laviolette
Things in Philadelphia haven't gone according to plan for Vincent Lecavalier.
The veteran forward found himself benched for the first time in his career Tuesday and later admitted he signed with the Flyers based, in large part, on the presence of former head coach Peter Laviolette.
In other words, playing (and being scratched by) current bench boss Craig Berube – who replaced Laviolette after three games last season – wasn't what Lecavalier anticipated, at all.
"I'm not going to lie and say I didn't go here for (Laviolette). Of course I did," Lecavalier said, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I met him and Homer (Paul Holmgren, then the GM) and had a great meeting. I liked what he said to me. It was obviously a surprise (when Laviolette was fired), but that's last year and it's a different system and it is what it is. Nothing's always going to be perfect. It's my job to try to work with it and do my best at it."
Shopped by the team over the summer, Lecavalier may consider early retirement in order to force his way out of Philadelphia.
In the meantime, there appears to be a severe lack of brotherly love in the Flyers' dressing room these days.
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