Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Lecavalier, Schenn Shipped to Kings

The Los Angeles Kings acquired veteran center Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday in a trade for center Jordan Weal and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Lecavalier, 35, is a former No. 1 draft pick that won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

Lecavalier has scored 411 goals and 932 points in 1,170 career games, but he’s only scored eight goals in his last 64.

Kings G.M. Dean Lombardi thinks Lecavalier might be a good fit with the Kings. "At this stage of his career, it's all about getting one last chance to win it all," Lombardi said. "I think he's hungry. Given his mindset and the fit on this team, I think it's a great fit for his role. It's certainly worth a shot in seeing if this will work."

Schenn, a third-pair defenseman for the Flyers, should help with depth on the blue line.

Weal 23, is an undersized forward who has played ten games for the Kings this season. He had been averaging a point per game in the AHL over the prior two seasons.

"Jordan is at the point where he's been a top American Hockey League player and he's trying to prove himself as an NHL player," Flyers G.M. Ron Hextall said. "He's a very dedicated player. He's got a high skill level. He's not the biggest guy, but he does work hard."

Lecavalier, who has another two years on his contract, has expressed his desire to retire after the season, which made the deal far less complicated for the Kings to complete. The former prolific goal scorer is expected to take a lesser role in the Kings dynamic offense.