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Flyers' Lecavalier wants chance to contribute: report

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Vincent Lecavalier is eager to put the past behind him and begin anew with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Following two tumultuous seasons under former coach Craig Berube, Lecavalier will play for new coach Dave Hakstol provided Flyers general manager Ron Hextall doesn't find a trade partner willing to take on Lecavalier's contract, which has three years and $13.5 million remaining, according to war-on-ice.com.

Lecavalier scored 20 goals and had 37 points in 69 games in 2013-14, his first in Philadelphia. He had a career-low eight goals in 57 games, which was the fewest he played in a full season in his career, and averaged 12:39 of ice time per game last season.

Lecavalier, though, believes he still can contribute in Philadelphia. His agent, Kent Hughes, told TSN on Friday the Flyers haven't contacted him about a buyout and that Lecavalier will not retire under any circumstances.

"I'm still in shape," Lecavalier said Friday, according to RDS. "I really just want to get my chance. I am confident in my abilities and I move on.

"I kept a good attitude. You do not want to be a cancer in the room. You want to stay a good teammate, and that's what I tried to do. A good bunch of guys, it makes things easier. It is the past. I want to be in shape in September and playing hockey, that's it."

Hakstol told CSNPhilly.com on Thursday that he will enter his first training camp with an open mind on how Lecavalier and others will fit into his lineup.

"You can learn a lot from video, but you can't learn everything from video," Hakstol said. "To me, it's about the performances you see firsthand during training camp and it's in discussions with our staff.

"You can overanalyze things. I'll be blunt. That's why I think I want to be careful about how much video ... I'm trying to get familiar. I'm not trying to make decisions with video. I don't like doing that. I'm trying to get a baseline of knowledge of everybody, but at the same time, I don't want to overanalyze things. That's just not my style. That's not the way I want to do things."

Lecavalier, who won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, has 411 goals and 931 points in 1,163 NHL games.

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