Vincent Lecavalier to Kings: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Just two years after making a big splash in free agency by signing Vincent Lecavalier, the Philadelphia Flyers have moved on as the veteran center was traded to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

Elliotte Freidman of Hockey Night in Canada reported Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn were shipped to Los Angeles in exchange for center Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick. Friedman also noted the Flyers will keep 50 percent of both contracts on their books.

Darren Dreger of TSN, via his colleague Bob McKenzie, confirmed the report.  

Lecavalier's agent Kent Hughes said its his client's intention to retire at the end of the season, per McKenzie.

After 14 productive seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bolts used a compliance buyout in 2013, which made Lecavalier a free agent. The Flyers jumped at the opportunity to land an established leader and point producer as they inked him to a five-year, $22 million contract.

It didn't take long for the Flyers to have buyer's remorse as Lecavalier disappointed in his first season with Philly to the tune of 20 goals and just 37 points in 69 games. Things got even worse for the former No. 1 overall draft pick in 2014-15 as he set career lows with eight goals and 20 points.

This season, Lecavalier has appeared in just seven games, recording a lone assist.

He had constantly been the subject of trade rumors over the past couple years, and now he is finally on the move as the Flyers were able to find a taker at long last.

It is far from the first time Philadelphia tried to move him as it almost struck a deal last offseason, according to Tim Panaccio of

Despite the Flyers' obvious desire to deal him, it was starting to look as though it would never happen. With that in mind, Lecavalier seemed at peace with the possibility of staying in Philadelphia.

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