Lecavalier: ‘I haven’t thought about’ retirement
Aside from yesterday’s treatment for a sore back, Vinny Lecavalier says he’s healthy -- which confirms that, given the Flyers have scratched him 12 straight times, all of them were of the “healthy” variety.
So when he didn’t take to the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate, pundits started to assume something was up.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall said he’d update the situation Wednesday (though he did explain Lecavalier was having a “recovery day”), which led reporters to then question Lecavalier.
“I don’t know what to say, man. It is what it is,” Lecavalier said, per the Courier-Post. “Obviously I’m not getting in the lineup, and I don’t know what to say anymore. I’m not going to come to the rink pissed off. I’m still going to try to come and get better.”
Lecavalier then said he “honestly” hasn’t thought about retirement, adding that calling it a career is “a personal thing,” and “it’s not anybody that makes that decision up for you.”
The 35-year-old is, of course, in the third of a five-year, $22.5 million deal with a $4.5M average annual cap hit. Retirement talks often come up with Lecavalier because it’s tough to envision any team taking him on via trade, especially since he’s healthy (meaning there’s no stashing him on LTIR and getting the subsequent cap relief).
In light of all this, it’ll be interesting to hear what Hextall has to say about the situation today.