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Earlier this year, I pointed out that Andrew MacDonald is a sunk cost and the only way the Flyers are ridding themselves of that contract is to retain salary and entice a team to take him by offering a pick and/or prospect as well for nothing or nearly nothing in return.
Luckily, Vincent Lecavalier is not a sunk cost and there are reasons a team might be willing to take his contract off the Flyers books.
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For Vinny, there is no reason on talent to acquire him, I’ll spare the video analysis and analytical analysis of his poor play, but we all know how bad it is. However, there is a very valid financial reason for one team to acquire him.
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The Arizona Coyotes are dropping a ton of money over the next couple years, it’s a big reason why they traded for Chris Pronger’s contract this past off season. As ELC’s during a rebuild are capped, the Coyotes will be hard pressed to reach the floor.
Martin Hanzal is a soon to be UFA and likely the odd man out as players like Max Domi and Anthony Duclair take over top six forward roles. Career Coyote/Jet Shane Doan may retire and Mikkel Boedker is younger and less injury prone. It wouldn’t be unreasonable for the Coyotes to part with Hanzal, knowing they can’t pay him, especially with his injury risk.
Hanzal is a second line talent, when healthy.
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The Flyers would have no issue with a second line talent who could easily be written off as an LTIR if his health fails him. The Coyotes would welcome the floor space and the Flyers could toss in the very durable Brayden Schenn (1 game missed since 2013) to get the deal done and since the Coyotes seemingly are weak on D prospects, either Michael Del Zotto or Mark Streit.
Doing this deal on July 2, after Vinny collects his final signing bonus on July 1, would save Arizona even more money.
While this is just one example, any other floor team could find a similar reason to acquire Lecavalier as part of a bigger transaction to gain financial benefit.