After a difficult period in Philadelphia, Vincent Lecavalier was traded to the Los Angeles Kings this year, partly on the condition that he would be retiring at the end of this season, allowing the Kings out of the next two years of his $2.25 million cap hit.
But Lecavalier found renewed life in Los Angeles. Last season he scored eight goals and 12 assists in 57 games for the Flyers. This season he saw only seven games with the team, scoring just a single assist.
After he was moved to Los Angeles, he became a roster fixture, potting 10 goals and seven assists in 42 games. There were questions as to whether or not he’d retire still after proving he still has a little to give.
Lecavalier confirmed Sunday in exit interviews that, though he hasn’t filed the paperwork, he still plans on retiring.
@lakingsinsider he did say, though, that he does plan, at some point, to return to Tampa. Spoke about alumni growing game in the area.
— LA Kings Insider (@lakingsinsider) April 24, 2016
Over the course of his 17-year career, he won a Stanley Cup, a Rocket Richard Trophy and a King Clancy Trophy. He played in four All-Star Games and scored a career-high 52 goals during the 2006-07 season. He crossed the 30-goal threshold five times, totaling 421 goals and 949 points in 1,212 career games.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.