Lecavalier's seen plenty of usage on the power play since joining the Kings, and those four man-advantage tallies represent the majority of his offensive output in his new digs. He's got a three-game point streak going now, but rarely skates more than about 13 minutes per game, so the 35-year-old pivot isn't likely to see a jump in production unless an injury to Anze Kopitar or Jeff Carter forces him into a bigger role.
Lecavalier now has three goals in three games, all of them on the power play. At 35 years old, Lecavalier isn't very mobile any more but still has a very good shot, something Darryl Sutter obviously recognized and has utilized to good effect so far. All of Lecavalier's goals have come in a
The Flyers traded
The Flyers' are reportedly retaining half of Lecavalier and Schenn's salaries, but are still freeing up over $4 million in cap space, which will give the team some major roster flexibility, and allow them to acquire more players via trade if they so desire. Lecavalier is well past his prime, and has only played in seven contests with Philadelphia this season, notching a single assist in those games. It isn't clear what kind of opportunity he'll get with the Kings, but with Weal on his way to the Flyers, he'll at least provide LA with additional depth at center. Either way, Lecavalier is reportedly planning on retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season, which will bring his outstanding 18-year NHL career to an end.
Vincent Lecavalier (back) took part in Thursday's morning skate, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Lecavalier's presence at Thursday's morning skate indicates the veteran forward has recovered from the stiff back that held him out of Philadelphia's Dec. 8 matchup with the Islanders. Lecavalier likely wouldn't have suited up for that contest even if he wasn't hampered by a back issue, as the 35-year-old center has been a healthy scratch for all but seven of Philadelphia's games this season. The former first-round pick has tallied a single assist in seven contests this year.
It's been a challenging year for Lecavalier, who's appeared in just seven games and has only one point on the season. On Tuesday, he was dealing with a stiff back, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, which held him out of the game against the Islanders. No reason was given for Thursday's absence. While general manager Ron Hextall seems reticent to call it quits on the aging center just yet, fantasy owners should feel less reticent.