Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lecavalier being put on Giroux's line?

The Flyers may move recently signed center Vinny Lecavalier to RW on Claude Giroux's first line.

Lecavalier being put on Giroux's line?


The Flyers are at least kicking around the idea of moving recently signed center Vinny Lecavalier to RW on Claude Giroux's first line.

That was one of the many interesting aspects of a conference call Saturday with Lecavalier and reporters.

From here, if the Flyers placed the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Lecavalier on Giroux's unit they would be putting all their eggs in one basket.

It makes more sense to have two strong units, with Giroux centering Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek, and Lecavalier centering Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. The third line might have Sean Couturier centering Max Talbot and Matt Read.

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The Flyers should want BOTH Giroux and Lecavalier to take draws. Both are excellent in the faceoff circle. Giroux won 54.5 percent last year, while Lecavalier won 54.4 percent.

The Flyers were 23d in the 30-team NHL last season, winning 48.5 percent of their draws.

Faceoff wins should be more common in 2013-14. The Flyers recently re-signed Adam Hall, who won 59 percent of his draws in 11 games with the Flyers last season.

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