What it could take for the Flyers to move Vincent Lecavalier’s salary, plus analysis of the Oilers rumored interest in Islanders center Josh Bailey.
CSNPHILLY.COM: John Boruk reports Flyers GM Ron Hextall may not have the luxury to taking a “penny-pinching approach” to trading center Vincent Lecavalier. While Boruk speculates Hextall might be hoping to get a player or draft pick in return for Lecavalier, it will ultimately come down to how much of his salary the Flyers are willing to retain. “After picking up a $2 million dollar roster bonus July 1, Lecavalier is now due $14 million more for the remainder of his term, and by terms of the CBA, the Flyers can only pick up half of that value,” writes Boruk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was speculation of shipping Lecavalier to the Ottawa Senators, but their signing of David Legwand yesterday negates that possibility. It’s been rumored the Nashville Predators remain interested, but want the Flyers to pick up more than just $1 million per season of Lecavalier’s remaining salary. There’s also speculation they’re squeezing Hextall to include a draft pick or player in the return. By my calculations the Flyers must pick up $1.75 million annually.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis observes New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey has been linked to the Oilers as a possible option to address their need for a center. While Willis believes Bailey wouldn’t be a bad option for the Oilers, he’d prefer if they instead pursue Brock Nelson, provided the Isles are willing to part with him.