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What they're saying about Vinny

Hear what current Flyers players and coaches say about signing Lecavalier

Saturday, 07.6.2013 / 11:25 AM ET / News
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What they\'re saying about Vinny

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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