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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Try this exercise before rushing to judgment on the $22.5-million (U.S.) the Philadelphia Flyers paid to sign Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year contract Wednesday – which, admittedly, seemed like an odd NHL marriage at first blush:

What is the actual value of a No. 2 centre, with Lecavalier’s size (6 foot 4, 208 pounds) and pedigree, on the open market?

And just for a moment, forget Philadelphia’s salary-cap issues, or its inability to land a starting goaltender beyond Steve Mason.

If you were evaluating the transaction strictly as a hockey deal, you’d have to say it was a defensible acquisition for a team that believes it has to bounce right back into the NHL’s elite after a miserable season in which it missed the playoffs.

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from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Nobody should feel bad for Vinny Lecavalier. He's doing the Bobby Holik double-dip, getting paid tens of millions of dollars by not one but two NHL teams.

Lecavalier's going to get $22.5 million over the next five seasons from Philly at the same time he starts to draw on his buyout from Tampa Bay, which is about $30 million spread over 14 years.

Nice.

Still, remember all the nonsense in the last collective bargaining squabble over the players insisting on a "make whole" provision, that contracts that were signed before the lockout should and must be paid in whole down to the very penny?

It's was horse-bleep then, and it's even more so now.

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Wings_in_NYC's avatar

So Vinny has zero interest in ever winning a cup again. Interesting. He could have at least gone to a contender or up and comer, not some team on the rapid decline. What a joke. At least it didn’t turn into a Sundin-esque type circus.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 07/03/13 at 09:33 AM ET

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Gee, Eric, so if you set aside all of the negatives about Lecavalier (age, declining ability, health, etc.) and look only, ONLY, at his size and role the deal doesn’t look profoundly stupid?

You must be pretty funny to watch around the bar at closing time.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 07/03/13 at 09:44 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

WTF is Cox talking about? The lockout is over. And even so, it is entirely sensible for the PA to have compartmentalized the concepts of “make whole” regarding existing contracts with the new cap rolling back, and the buyout provisions. That is part of negotiation—the PA chose their main fight to be related to the “make whole” because that was money that impacted almost the entire base, whereas the EXISTING buyout provisions only impact a small percentage of their membership.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/03/13 at 10:28 AM ET

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