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Former Tampa Bay captain Lecavalier ready for fresh start and new position in Philadelphia

Saturday, 07.06.2013 / 1:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Former Tampa Bay captain Lecavalier ready for fresh start and new position in Philadelphia

Vincent Lecavalier had a tough few days after his 14-year stint in Tampa Bay ended.

His deal with Philadelphia helped soften the blow.

Lecavalier and the Flyers officially announced their $22.5 million, five-year contract on Saturday. Lecavalier, a former Lightning captain, had some options as to where he wanted to chase a second Stanley Cup. Only 33, Lecavalier has plenty left to offer a contender — or even a team like the Flyers in the midst of an off-season overhaul after missing the playoffs.

The Flyers offered one nice incentive — they dangled an opportunity to share a line with team captain Claude Giroux. Giroux signed his own eight-year extension worth over $64 million this week.

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I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday
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