Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 07/06/13 at 02:35 PM ET
According to Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia's Tim Panaccio, while Vincent Lecavalier met with other teams after entertaining the Philadelphia Flyers' opening wine-and-dine offer in New York this past weekend, Lecavalier more or less decided that he was going to join the Flyers by the time their presentation was over:
“The meeting I had with them, that was the place I really wanted to go,” Lecavalier said Saturday during his first conference call with the Philly media. I started off with a pretty big list of about 10 teams. After I talked with Philly, even before any offers, they went right to the top of the list. I just liked what they were saying and looked at their lineup.”
Lecavalier signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract this week after his buyout in Tampa Bay.
“We were aggressive, we spoke to his agent right away, we were here in Voorhees and went up to New York [last] Saturday -- Peter Laviolette, Peter Luukko and myself,” [Flyers GM Paul] Holmgren recalled. “We had a good meeting with Vinny and with his agent and Vinny’s brother, who’s another agent in their group. And it kind of just went from there.
“We told him this is what we have, we’d love to have you, we'd like to put you in our lineup with our young centers that we already have in place and the forwards that we have in place. We think we're a much better team and we think you can give us a real good chance to be competitive and compete for the Stanley Cup.”
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