Why Philadelphia Flyers Are Still Fumbling with Vincent Lecavalier Deal

July 2nd, 2013 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »

The Philadelphia Flyers are back above the salary cap after signing another offensive-minded player despite the team's glaring weaknesses on the blue line and at the goaltender position.

The Broad Street club won the Vincent Lecavalier sweepstakes on Tuesday by coming to terms on a five-year, $22.5 million deal with the 33-year-old center, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

It's a move that, according to CapGeek, puts the Flyers over the $64.3 million salary-cap ceiling for the 2013-14 season by $318,522.

If injuries and/or poor performance make Lecavalier's contract a burden to the Flyers' cap flexibility, it will be hard to trade him because, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, his contract includes a "full no-move clause."

The Flyers currently have seven players under contract for the 2014-15 season with a cap hit of $3.9 million or more, which means that general manager Paul Holmgren has a lot of work to do if he's going keep his young core long-term.

Superstar center Claude Giroux, top-six winger Matt Read, young center Brayden Schenn and defensive forward Sean Couturier are ...

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