Philadelphia Flyers Must Trade Vincent Lecavalier After New Salary Cap Released

By Dominic Lancella
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Yesterday the new salary cap for the NHL was released, and it wasn’t good news for the Philadelphia Flyers. The new cap high has been set to $69 million while the lower limit is $51 million.

As of now, the Flyers are already over the $69 million limit and have some tinkering to do before the 2014-15 season gets underway in October. The new cap ensures that the Flyers must trade Vincent Lecavalier by any means necessary.

Simply speaking, the Flyers are paying close to $5 million a year for a fourth-line center. There’s no question that Lecavalier’s had an amazing career, but it’s not about what you’ve done in the past. Also, $4.5 million a year is an absurd price for any fourth line player.

Moving Lecavalier would help get their organization under the required salary cap without doing any damage to the core of their team. Basically, they can lose Lecavalier and their team doesn’t get much worse at all. The 34-year-old has four years remaining on his contract, which might make moving him a little tougher.

Lecavalier had 37 points in 69 games last season, but even if those numbers were drastically higher, it still wouldn’t change the fact that Philly needs to trade him.

Regardless of how they pull it off, Philly must find a way to get rid of him as fast as possible. Lecavalier isn’t the only player they’ll have to dump to reconcile their collective salary expenses, but he has to be priority no. 1.

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