The Kings acquired forward Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday in exchange for Jordan Weal
and a third-round pick in the upcoming 2016 NHL Draft.
Lecavalier, a 17-year NHL veteran, spent 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and was in the midst of his third with the Philadelphia Flyers. The 35 year-old was selected 1st overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. After registering 20 points (8G, 12A) in 57 games during the 2014-’15 campaign, Lecavalier dressed in only seven games for the Flyers this season.
- Three-time NHL All-Star (’03, ’07, ’08, ’09)
- 2004 Stanley Cup Champion (TBL)
- 2007 Maurice Richard Trophy winner (52 goals)
- 411 Career goals (84th in NHL)
- 573 Career assists (100th in NHL)
- Member of 2006 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team
Lecavalier will wear #44 for the Kings. Just two years removed from a 37-point season in 2013-’14, the veteran will look to provide size, depth and experience to the Kings’ center position.
Schenn, in his eighth year in the league, spent four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and was in his fourth with the Philadelphia Flyers. In 29 games played this season, the stay-at-home defenseman has recorded five points (2G, 3A), 30 penalty minutes, 71 hits, 40 blocked shots, averaging 17:35 minutes per game.
- Kelowna Rockets (WHL) Rookie of the Year (2006)
- WHL Second Team All-Star (2008)
- 5th overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
- 2009 NHL All-Rookie Team
Schenn will wear #52 for the Kings. Still young at the age of 26, and with plenty of size to throw around, general manager Dean Lombardi sees a plausible fit for the absence of Matt Greene. “He kind of reminds me of where Matt Greene was when we first got Greener,” Lombardi said Wednesday.