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Former Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier headed to the Flyers

DIRK SHADD | Times

Former Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier, whose 14-season career with Tampa Bay ended with a $32.667 million buyout that is the richest in NHL history, apparently has agreed to terms with the Flyers on a five-year, $22.5 million deal.

He also has a no move clause.

There was no confirmation from the Flyers or Lecavalier's camp, but the deal was first reported by Darren Dreger of Canada's TSN Network.

"Very excited," Philadelphia's Claude Giroux told ESPN.com. "He's going to bring a lot to our team."

Lecavalier, 33, has spent the past few days meeting and talking with suitors to talk about his future. Potential landing places included the Stars, Flames, Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Red Wings, among others.

The Flyers also are an interesting choice given the team's history with the Lightning. In fact, it can be argued the Flyers are Tampa Bay's biggest rival. The teams have met twice in the playoffs and in November 2011, the teams played the famous stall game in which the Flyers, in apparent protest of the Lightning's 1-3-1 defensive scheme, refused at times to skate the puck out of their own end.

As it turns out, Lecavalier will make out better financially than if he had stayed with Tampa Bay, which still owed Lecavalier $45 million in the last seven years of his deal. With his new $22.5 million deal added to the $32.667 million he will be paid by the Lightning, Lecavalier will make $55.167 million.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 8:16pm]

    

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