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What they're saying about Vinny

Hear what current Flyers players and coaches say about signing Lecavalier

Saturday, 07.06.2013 / 11:25 AM / News
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Earlier in the week, the Philadelphia Flyers agreed to terms and signed free agent center Vincent Lecavalier. An NHL All-Star, Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy winner (52 goals in 2006-07), King Clancy Memorial Award winner in 2007-08 and a Stanley Cup Champion in 2004, here's what some others had to say about Vinny joining the Flyers:


WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
“I think it is a very good signing for our club. Vinny brings so many things to our team. I really think his experience and his leadership with our young group of forwards and the young players we have will be beneficial to our team’s success. To get a player like Vinny in our lineup and in our organization is a real positive. He has been an elite player in the NHL since he got here, 13 – 14 years ago. He has proven that he can play all different positions and all different spots, power play, penalty kill. He is going to be used in a position as one of our top forwards. I think he brings a lot of benefits to our offensive group as well as our power play and leadership. We will sort all of this out in training camp. But to bring an elite forward like this in to the mix is a welcome addition.”

---Peter Laviolette

“I’m pretty excited about him coming to Philadelphia. I would watch him play as I was growing up and he was just a really exciting player to watch. He plays really hard and I think the Flyers fans are going to love him, too. Obviously, it’s exciting.”

-- Claude Giroux

“The signing was a big surprise. We lost two great guys and two good teammates in Briere and Bryzgalov. But, obviously, it is very exciting to get Vincent Lecavalier. He is a proven winner. He is a great leader from everything that you hear and a great team guy. I’m looking forward to having him up the middle and that makes our top four centermen one of the best in the league, for sure.”

---Scott Hartnell

“First of all Vinny is a very good person off the ice and is a very good player on the ice. We almost had a chance to grow up together. We played against each other since we were like eight years old. Obviously, I had the chance to play with him as a teammate in Tampa. I not only enjoyed playing with him on the ice but having him as a teammate off the ice. He’ll be a very good addition to the Flyers and is good news for the Flyers.

“His role kind of changed over the last couple of seasons in Tampa with the arrival of Stamkos and younger players. But he is a big centerman who can play anywhere and can play on the power play. He’s a guy that if something happened to one of your players on the ice, he liked to protect his teammates. He was the captain in Tampa. I know I saw him a couple of times dropping the gloves when somebody would go after one of Tampa’s good players. He’s a guy with a lot of tools to help the Flyers to be better.”

---Simon Gagne

“I think he is a great addition to our team. He is a guy with a lot of experience who won a Stanley Cup and was the captain of his team for a long time now. He is a guy with a lot of skills who can bring a lot of different things to the Flyers. Vinny and I have had the same strength coach the past two years, not this summer, though. I’ve crossed paths with him. I am not a close friend but I know him and trust him. I know I had a little fight with him on the ice this past season but I already texted him when the team announced the signing on Tuesday (July 2). So if the fans are worried about it, there is definitely no problems between us.”

---Max Talbot

“First and foremost Vinny Lecavalier is a terrific person. He is going to add a lot, a lot, to the community and a lot on the ice. He is going to fill that second line center that the Flyers want, he is going to help the young guys, and is great in the community. He works tirelessly with various charities and never turns down an autograph.”

---Rick Tocchet (Tampa head coach, 2008-2010)

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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