Lecavalier demoted to fourth line, Berube says he expected more from veteran
It looks like the Philadelphia Flyers will have a $22.5-million fourth-liner tonight at home versus Toronto. Vincent Lecavalier was skating between wingers Zac Rinaldo and Adam Hall this morning, two days after going minus-2 and playing just 12:44 in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers.
Tye McGinn is expected to take Lecavalier’s place playing the left side with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
A couple of tweets to add fuel to the fire:
Vinny visibly pissed. Asked if he thought the move to 4C was a message to him or the team, he deferred to Berube.— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) March 28, 2014
Berube on if he expected more from Lecavalier this season: "I think we all did."— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 28, 2014
Lecavalier has 15 goals and 15 assists in 59 games, his 0.51 points per game ranking him seventh on the Flyers.
While plus-minus can often be misleading as a statistic, it may be telling in the case of Lecavalier. The 33-year-old’s minus-16 is the worst on the team, and that’s while starting a high percentage of his shifts in the offensive zone.