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The Philadelphia Flyers have signed veteran center Vincent Lecavalier to a multi-year contract.
The Tampa Bay Lightning let their 33-year-old captain go last week, and the Flyers pounced Tuesday night, signing him to a reported five-year deal worth $22.5 million.
Tampa Bay cut ties with Lecavalier to clear space under a smaller salary cap. The Philadelphia Flyers took advantage of both of their compliance buyouts to release forward Danny Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
Lecavalier didn't mesh with Tampa Bay's plans, or at least his contract didn't with seven years and $45 million remaining on it. The four-time All-Star, drafted No. 1 overall by the Lightning in 1998, helped the franchise win the Stanley Cup in 2004 and scored a franchise-high 383 goals.
By buying him out, it saved Tampa Bay more than $7.7 million cap space for the upcoming season. The move cost them $32 million over 14 years because he is due two-thirds the value of his deal spread over twice the term of the contract. He scored a league-high 52 times during the 2006-07 season and had 32 points in 39 games during the shortened season.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren met with Lecavalier on Saturday, a day before the NHL draft. He also met with Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli over the weekend in Newark, N.J., the site of the draft, and considered Montreal, as well.
''Montreal is a special place with a lot of history and it can offer a lot,'' Lecavalier said after the buyout was announced. `'They have a good team, they proved it last year, so I'm open to Montreal. But I'm not closing the door on anyone. The door is open for everyone and after that we'll see.''
Lecavalier had signed an 11-year deal with Tampa Bay in 2008. He had 10 goals and 32 points in 39 games last season for the Lightning.
The Flyers went 23-22-3 and were 10th in the Eastern Conference with 49 points. After jettisoning several goal-scoring veterans, the Flyers struggled with their offense and hope Lecavalier can bring some punch to the lineup. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound center is no longer the serious threat that he once was.
The Flyers desperately need to shore up their defense and another goalie to work in a tandem with Steve Mason. Under owner Ed Snider, the Flyers have long made offseason splashes by going after the biggest names on the market. They did it again by bringing the 33-year-old Lecavalier to town.
Prior to missing the postseason this year, Philadelphia lost in the second round two seasons in a row after advancing to the Stanley Cup final in 2010.
In that Stanley Cup run of nine years ago, Lecavalier and the Lightning outlasted the Flyers in a memorable Eastern Conference final series. Tamp Bay then went on to win their first championship by defeating Calgary in seven games.
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The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million contract. In other words, the Flyers have won the sweepstakes to arguably the most enticing player on the market. Flyers fans should be happy and analysts should be commending the team for landing a prized asset, right?
The move is a highly questionable one considering where...
NHLTags: Vincent LecavalierThe Tampa Bay Lightning announced five days ago that they were going to buy out the remainder of captain Vincent Lecavalier’s contract. Since that time, there has been ample speculation about where the 33 year-old centerman would end up.
Per Darren Dreger of TSN, the Philadelphia Flyers have “won” the bid...
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed veteran centre Vincent Lecavalier to a multi-year contract. The Tampa Bay Lightning let their 33-year-old captain go last week, and the Flyers pounced Tuesday night, signing him to a reported five-year deal worth $22.5 million US. - CBC.ca
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Every year the Philadelphia Flyers Try to make a big Splash in NHL Free Agency, The Flyers did this year when the Flyers sign veteran C Vincent Lecavalier to a 5-year/$22.5M deal. The 33-year-old Lecavalier spent 14 seasons in the NHL, all with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he has posted 383 goals and 491 [...]
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