Vincent Lecavalier coasted the last few years as the No. 2 center on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now he is eager to get onto the attack with the Philadelphia Flyers.
He seems enthusiastic about getting out of trap move and onto the forecheck. But can he really play at that pace at this point in his career?
And could he really play right wing, where the Flyers are threatening to play him?
Lecavalier would love to play right wing on top line with Claude Giroux.
“If you watch me in a game, if I have a choice of going on the left side with the puck or right side, I choose, 99 percent of time, going on the right side,” Lecavalier told Philadelphia reporters. “It’s not something I really worry about, especially after being told you might play with Claude Giroux. I’m open to that and would be excited for that.
“I would be very comfortable. That is something they asked me at the meeting if I could play wing and I said, certainly. I’m a lot more comfortable on the right wing than on the off-wing.”
Trouble is, young winger Jakub Voracek broke out last season on Giroux’s right side, scoring 22 goals. Would the Flyers really mess with that chemistry?
A more logical assignment would be the No. 2 center role, flanked by Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
“You look at Schenn and Simmonds, they play really hard,” Lecavalier said. “I played against them. They play hard and are great hockey players. They fit well with the Philadelphia Flyers mold.”