Fantasy Impact: The Philadelphia Flyers have signed center Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year deal worth $22.5 million, or $4.5 million per season.




The Flyers get: a skilled, experienced two-way center who is no longer the 100-point player that he once was, but is still quite serviceable when it comes to posting in the 65-point range. Lecavalier has missed 44 games over the last three seasons due to injury, but prior to that he was quite durable. He has broken his right hand twice and has also had wrist surgery and shoulder surgery over that timeframe.



Fantasy Players Impacted: This will help Claude Giroux in the sense that there is some pretty good depth scoring behind him now. By the same token it will hurt Sean Couturier in the sense that he remains buried on a checking line. Unless he gets traded. But that's an entirely different column.


This will also see to it that Brayden Schenn sees time more on the wing than at center, barring another move (which will probably happen, but I digress). I don't think that will impact his production, and in fact it might help him if he plays with Lecavalier.


Rookie Scott Laughton is expected to make the team in the fall. Or should I say - was. If another move isn't made to clear up the logjam up the middle, he may find himself in junior again. 



Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Giroux

2. B. Schenn



Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Laughton

2. Couturier








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dantan said:

Transaction Philly-Predators? Its time for Nasville to offer Ryan Ellis to Philly with compensation and get a good player like schenn or Couturier.
This year is the last one for Timonen and Streit is a band-aid guy. win-win situation.
July 03, 2013
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mabus said:

... I read something last week that said that Philly was going to get him to agree to shift to wing before signing him.
July 03, 2013
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Jouko-Pouko said:

This hurts Matt Read as well I believe without Vinny, Philly's Top 6 would have been Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek, Read-Schenn-Simmonds with Couturier in the 3rd line. With Vinny, I believe it goes Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek, Schenn-Lecavalier-Simmonds with Couturier and Read in the 3rd line. So not much changes for Couturier (short-term) but Read is hurt the most.

Then again, Read is probably the first one to go if the Flyers need help on their blueline or in goal...

I really like this signing for the Flyers. Schenn is better as a winger, Lecavalier is an excellent 2nd line center and leader, and the deal isn't terrible like most UFA deals are.
July 03, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... Gotta give the Flyers credit: good or bad, they are always interesting this time of year. After being big losers the last couple of off seasons, they may have just won the summer with this move. I still can't believe the Lightning waived him.
July 02, 2013
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donpaulo said:

... Briere out, Vinny in.
Overall I see it as giving a slight edge to the positive side of things
July 02, 2013
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adamhdwilson said:

... dont agree with this move helping schenn. vinny is taking the 2nd line center role away from him. This move keeps schenn jumping between 2nd and 3rd line duties instead of a full time 2nd line center
July 02, 2013
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