The Philadelphia Flyers have traded forward Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for center Jordan Weal and a third round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers are also reportedly picking up 50 percent of Lecavalier and Schenn’s remaining cap hits. That would be $2.25 million of Lecavalier’s cap hit and $1.8 million of Schenn’s. As per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Lecavalier also intends to retire at the end of this season. Schenn is a UFA after this season.
It’s no surprise the Flyers picked up a big chunk of Lecavalier’s cap hit, as that’s the only way they could move the fading forward. It also helps the Kings that Lecavalier intends to retire after this season. Otherwise, they probably couldn’t afford to carry that cap hit beyond this season.
The Flyers wanted to shed salary, hence the low return for Lecavalier and Schenn. They now have over $4.1 million in cap space, which could be used to address other roster needs this season season. Weal, 23, played only 10 games with the Kings this season and is on a one-year, two-way contract. Flyers GM Ron Hextall has done a good job clearing cap room in recent months, first by shipping out Chris Pronger’s rights and now by finding a taker for Lecavalier.
The Kings adding Lecavalier and Schenn suggests injuries that waylaid forward Kyle Clifford and Matt Greene could be more serious than expected. Lecavalier’s been a healthy scratch for most of this season, so it’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts to playing under Kings coach Darryl Sutter. Schenn, 26, could find it easier to adapt. Both have playoff experience, but it remains to be seen how much of a effect they’ll have with the Kings over the remainder of this season.