The recent acquisition of Vinny Lecavalier by the Philadelphia Flyers has not come without its criticisms. But there really seems to be only little downside to picking up an offensive force like him (383 career goals five seasons with at least 32 goals) who plays center but will also man the wing if it means that he’ll be on a line with Claude Giroux.
Sure, there could be some financial issues to wade through for a 33-year-old with the five-year deal, but the Flyers should survive the risks associated when considering their need of an offensive boost. Lecavalier should be an improvement over the departed Danny Briere, who’s had limited playing time the last couple seasons due to injuries. Lecavalier was one of the better players available on the market, and Paul Holmgren managed to beat out nine teams for his services. The former top draft pick won’t do much, however, to sure up a defense that’s still reeling from the absence of Chris Pronger. The Flyers will need Steve Mason or Ray Emery to play at a level that will carry the team in net.
If Lecavalier connects well on a possible scoring line with Giroux, Flyers fans could be singing a different tune next season.
Ed Condran is a contributing writer for Philly Sports Jabronis.