Both Kings, Flyers Benefit from Vinny Lecavalier’s Desire to Prove Playoff Worth

January 6th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

It’s been a quiet season for trades in the NHL, with deals exceedingly rare and generally quite small. That changed Wednesday, when the Los Angeles Kings’ apparent desire to have every player in the league bigger than 6’1” and 215 pounds landed them center Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers:

At first glance, this was a baffling trade for the Kings and a massive coup for the Flyers, but two additional pieces of information make this look more like a sensible move for both sides.

First, as expected, Philadelphia will retain salary. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Flyers are going to cover 50 percent of the contracts of both Lecavalier and Schenn. That makes Schenn an affordable third-pair option, as what’s left of his $3.6 million cap hit falls to just $1.8 million. It still leaves Lecavalier signed until 2017-18 at $2.25 million, which normally one would see as a massive liability for Los Angeles.  

That’s where Lecavalier's desire comes in. The onetime star had been relegated to a depth role in Philadelp ...

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