It was reported by Hockey Insider Darren Dreger Wednesday afternoon that Vincent Lecavalier is on the trading block. Dreger said that Lecavalier’s agent has had conversations with Ron Hextall about possibly moving the 34 year old center. Although very few details were given, it did sound like the talks were initiated by Lecavalier’s agent.
The most difficult part of moving Lecavalier will be his no-movement clause. Even though Lecavalier was disappointed with his role in Philadelphia, he will not go anywhere. For Lecavalier to waive his NMC the Flyers will have to find a situation that is beneficial to Lecavalier. He will want assurances that he will play at the center position (not shuttled back and forth to the wings) and may also want the promise of top six ice time.
There are only a few teams who seem to fit that bill. The Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, and Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams looking for help at center. Because Ryan Kesler, Jason Spezza, and Joe Thornton are all believed to be on the market, the Lecavalier sweepstakes may just be between the teams who miss out on the other three. It is hard to imagine the Hawks or Ducks having serious interest in Lecavlaier, but the Stars and/or Maple Leafs could be a fit.
From the Flyers perspective, the return for Lecavalier is a moot point. An opportunity to get $4.5M (or less if we eat some salary, which I am not necessarily against) off of the books is a big boost to the Flyers cap situation. They currently sit with about $6.5M in cap space, a little less once we figure in Bellemare’s contract, and they have some issues to address (backup goalie, BSchenn contract, Timonen returning?).
Even if it is for mid to late round draft picks, getting Lecavalier off of our hands, and out of the way of the young talent, should be a high priority for Hextall.