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Much to his relief, Lecavalier will start season at center


Vincent Lecavalier could still end up playing the wing for the Philadelphia Flyers, but he’ll start the season at his natural position of center.

And the 34-year-old sounds pretty darn happy about it.

From CSN Philly:

When the club’s main training camp opens Friday morning on the ice, Lecavalier will be at center, not wing, [coach Craig] Berube said.

How long he stays there is unknown, but Berube did say recently, “He’ll start the season at center.”

When Lecavalier heard that through a reporter, you could see relief come across his face.

“That is significantly good to hear,” he said. “I am more comfortable in the middle. ...”

Of course, that begs the question -- which players will Lecavalier line up between?

Flyers beat writer Randy Miller ( expects Lecavalier to be the “third-line center” with R.J. Umberger on the left side and either Michael Raffl or Jason Akeson on the right.

The top two lines, according to Miller, would look like this:

Brayden Schenn-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Matt Read-Sean Couturier-Wayne Simmonds

Whatever the combinations end up, Lecavalier sounds like he just wants to put last season behind him.

“You have to move on,” he said. “And I believe in this team.”

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