Rejuvenated Lecavalier joins LA Kings to chase Stanley Cup
09 January, 2016, 02:59
Just two years after making a big splash in free agency by signing Vincent Lecavalier, the Philadelphia Flyers have moved on as the veteran center was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
Lecavalier's agent Kent Hughes said that Lecavalier plans to retire at the end of the season. What's more, they lose the $9.2 million cap hit for the remainder of Lecavalier's contract over the next two seasons.
Lecavalier was willing to pass up $6 million and forego the final two years of his contract for 43 games and one last shot.
With half of Weal's $632,500 annual hit, that means the Flyers are only on the hook for a total of just under $4.5 million out of the players involved in the deal for the rest of the season.
Nashville and Columbus swapped a couple of blue-chip young players in Ryan Johansen and Seth Jones straight up, Mike Richards landed on his feet in the nation's capital, and finally (and most importantly to us), the Philadelphia Flyers were able to part ways with Vinny Lecavalier. It was also a trade that received very little criticism from fans and coaches, since either player wasn't performing at high levels.
The Philadelphia Flyers head into Thursday's contest with the Minnesota Wild looking to win back to back games and continue their climb up the Metro division standings but will face a stiff test as the Wild have been as good as they come at home this season.
Lombardi confirmed the Flyers will pay 50 percent of the salaries for both Lecavalier and Schenn, clearing up their own cap space in the process. Weal has failed to record a point in 10 games this season with the Kings.ABOUT THE WILD (21-11-7): Mikko Koivu was sent to the hospital during Tuesday's tilt with an undisclosed injury following a violent collision with the end boards. Spending his first seven seasons in New Jersey, the 31-year-old is acquainted with the Flyers and has been a Flyer killer in his career. He said they're getting better with that mindset, but still have a lot of work to do. But he does have those 411 career goals and 932 points to build a Hall of Fame case around. Weal was also the leading scorer in last year's Calder Cup Playoffs, posting 22 points in 19 games.
Vincent Lecavalier is ready for one last run at the Stanley Cup, and the Los Angeles Kings are giving him a chance.