Are the Philadelphia Flyers Mishandling Vincent Lecavalier in 2014-15?

December 12th, 2014 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

The Philadelphia Flyers have played five games in December. Vincent Lecavalier, the one-time 50-goal man with a $4.5 million cap hit, a no-move clause and a contract that stretches until 2018, has been a healthy scratch for all of them.

The situation is anything but healthy.

“I definitely thought after a game, I'd come back in,” Lecavalier told’s Frank Seravalli. “I guess [coach Craig Berube] didn't want me back in the lineup.”

In the same piece, Lecavalier described the situation as “frustrating” and denied rumours that he might be interested in retiring before his contract was up, telling Seravalli he knew what he was still capable of on and off the ice.

That self-confidence is understandable, even laudable; it’s hard to imagine any player managing a great career without. The trouble is that the same unshakable faith in one’s own abilities that helps fuel an athlete’s great career can also blind that athlete to what’s really happening around him. And while Lecavalier still sees himself as a useful NHL’er, the recent evidence ra ...

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