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Lecavalier off to 'great' start with Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — Vinny Lecavalier said he felt great after his first on-ice training camp practice with the Flyers on Thursday, and two of his new bosses said he looked great, too.

"To see a big body like that moving up and down the middle of the ice, I thought he looked terrific," coach Peter Laviolette said. "The way he's working and the way he's fitting in with the guys, he's going to be a big piece for us."

During line drills, the center skated with Wayne Simmonds on his right wing. "The two of them seemed to have some chemistry right away," general manager Paul Holmgren said.

In the offseason, the Lightning bought out the final seven years of Lecavalier's 11-year, $85 million deal for $32.667 million, and Lecavalier, 33, left the only team for which he had played since being drafted No. 1 in 1998, a tenure that included winning the 2004 Stanley Cup and the captaincy. He signed a five-year, $22.5 million Flyers deal in July.

Lecavalier, who spent most of the summer in Montreal with his wife and three children, said it didn't really sink in that he had left the Lightning until he returned to his house in Tampa several weeks ago. "It was like, 'Wow, I won't be coming back here,' " he told espn.com. "I was like, 'Okay, now it's hit me.' "

Canucks: New coach John Tortorella wants his players to limit their Twitter use because, he said, the social media site is "narcissistic," "stupid" and "nothing but trouble." "It's tremendous for charity work," said the former Lightning coach, who has a Twitter account, @JohnTortorella2, and uses it to promote animal welfare causes. "But not for: 'Here I am having a roast beef sandwich and saying hello to my fans.' "

Devils: Jaromir Jagr, 41, left practice with general soreness, the team said. Coach Peter DeBoer said he wasn't "overly concerned" but would "err on the side of caution."

Hurricanes: Free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract, a day after the team said Joni Pitkanen is out for the season with a broken left heel.

Islanders: The team spent its first day on the ice at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which will be its home beginning in 2015-16. The ice wasn't up to pro standards, but captain John Tavares said that would improve in time. The Islanders play the Devils at the arena in a preseason game Sept. 21.

Lecavalier off to 'great' start with Flyers 09/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:37am]
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