2013 Offseason Thread Part VI: Vinny Lecavalier chooses Philly (5 years, $4.5M per)
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07-01-2013, 04:55 AM
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Eric Stephens @icemancometh 36s
@DarrenDreger reported that Lecavalier camp looking at five years, $5 million per. Murray said too much for him on both.
Id do it if possible.
1. Let's talk about the cap a little. I've for a long time been sceptical of the low cap projections the coming years. Now there are several rumblings in line with what I've projected for 14/15 and 15/16.
If those are true, all teams in this league will have an abundance of capspace and there will be a great shortage of players. You need good players, and by far the most good players play in the NHL and ie are not obtained through trades. Look at the latest dynastys Colorado, Detroit and NJ. UFA has been one of two legs all those teams have stood on.
Lecavalier at 5m per is a steal in a environment where a Jiri Hudler or Cammalleri gets 5.5-6m per.
2. People are negative going into next season. But we do have a core. Many are overrating the glorified players on Chi/Bos/LAK something tremendously. I am not sure I love the style of our depth, but in terms of some kind of objective value we have alot of it throughout the lineup.
But if it is one flaw we have it's offense and especially the PP. Brassard, Stepan, Cally, Brass, Kreider, JT Miller, Nash, Hagelin and co can all play. They are good players. They are far from Dawes II or Prucha II or Marcel Hossa II. But, if we do nothing, our PP will still struggle next season...
Lecavalier gives us a top playmaker down low, and that is what Brad Richards needs. All of a sudden we only have one shortage on our PP (a right handed PPQB).
Lecavalier helps our PP a ton.
3. Lecavalier is a great center for so many type of wingers if you get what I mean. Big, strong, good on FOs, very good playmaker, shoots well.
He is no savior. The agility and skating just isn't there. But for 5 years to come he would undoubedtly help wingers on 2nd/3rd lines. Put them over the top.
4. You can't have too many centers.
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