On the eve of the NHL draft at the Wells Fargo Center, the wheels are formally in motion on two fronts to trade Vinny Lecavalier.
According to a league source, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has granted Lecavalier’s agent, Kent Hughes, permission to talk to other NHL clubs to try to find a willing trade partner for the Flyers.
TSN’s Darren Dreger first had the report.
"I can't comment on those aspects," Hughes said. "I would defer to Ron on such matters."
Hextall said on Tuesday he would put the word out at the draft seeking salary cap relief help. Translation: He's seeking to trade Lecavalier, who has four years left on his deal with a $4.5 milion annual cap hit, and is due a $2 million bonus on July 1.
On Thurday he said, "We're going to deal with that internally."
Translation: game on.
Earlier this month, Hextall said he spoke with Hughes about moving his client, who is simply not comfortable playing on the wing for the Flyers.
At the same time, the Flyers aren’t that comfortable themselves paying Lecavalier $4.5 million as a fourth line center, either.
On July 1, 2015, Lecavalier, who will be 35 by then, is due a $500,000 bonus.
If the Flyers make a deal before July 1, they will likely have to eat part of the contract. Or at the very least, pay the bonus on July 1, then complete a trade after.
As the Flyers enter the draft this weekend they have $1.86 million in salary cap space for the coming season.