Can the Flyers find any takers this summer for Vincent Lecavalier? Could the Bruins trade Milan Lucic? Does Jordan Staal want out of Carolina? Read on for the latest.
Can the Flyers move Lecavalier?
NJ.COM: Randy Miller believes the Philadelphia Flyers can move unhappy and unproductive forward Vincent Lecavalier this summer, despite his declining production and lengthy contract. Miller cites sources claiming the Flyers were close to trading Lecavalier last summer to either the Florida Panthers or Nashville Predators, but the respective owners of both clubs nixed the respective deals. He also cites Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes claiming a deal last summer with Nashville was “awfully close.”
Miller also believes Hughes’ comments suggest his client might retire after a year or two if he gets dealt to a club where he’ll get a better opportunity. “I’m sure if Vinny found a good environment … an opportunity to go to a new team and end on a good note, I wouldn’t be surprised if he retired before finishing the term of his deal,” said Hughes. Miller also feels that Lecavalier’s contract being front-loaded will also help efforts to move him. Flyers GM Ron Hextall declined to comment on trade rumors.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers GM Ron Hextall doesn’t anticipate making any big off-season moves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lecavalier has three years remaining on his contract at an annual cap hit of $4.5 million. If he were to retire in a year or two after being dealt to a new team, that team wouldn’t be on the hook for his full contract. However, I’m not sure if there’s specific language in the CBA which addresses this type of scenario whereby a player on a lengthy contract agrees to retire before the contract expires to facilitate a trade. If it’s allowable under the CBA such a scenario might be necessary for the Flyers to move him this summer. Sure, there was interest last summer, but given the ongoing decline in Lecavalier’s production it could be harder to move him now. As for Hextall’s comments, I’ll believe it when I see it. Not that I expect him to blow up the Flyers roster, but there will be changes coming this summer.
Lucic to Edmonton?
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty believes there will be major roster implications for the Boston Bruins if they fail to make the playoffs. He thinks everything points to the Bruins trade Milan Lucic, who has a year left on his contract at a cap hit of $6 million and is eligible for UFA status next summer. “You may have already seen the best of Milan Lucic. I would love to see the Bruins and the Oilers revisit a Milan Lucic-Taylor Hall deal,” said Haggerty.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe the Oilers will swap Hall for Lucic. That deal just doesn’t make sense for them. Why ship out a younger left wing for an older one who will bolt via free agency in a year’s time? Sorry, does not compute.
No truth to Pittsburgh trade rumor, says Staal.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Jason Mackey reports Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal said he heard about a recent rumor claiming the Pittsburgh Penguins were interested in reacquiring him. At the time, Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said his club wasn’t trading Staal. Jordan says he never asked Francis for a trade.