Lecavalier believes he can be better after ‘tough year’

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Safe to say, when the Flyers gave Vincent Lecavalier a $22.5 million contract in July, they didn’t do it to add a fourth-line center.

So it’s no surprise that Philadelphia management expects more from the 34-year-old next season, and so does he.

“It was kind of a tough year,” Lecavalier said, per CSN Philly. “I think I started the season really well, but when the team’s not winning, it’s definitely not — I guess not good enough. I think the first 20 games until my injury I felt really good out there. And then I was out 10 or 13 games.

“Then I came back, and being maybe put in a different position, had to adjust to that. A lot of ups and downs.”

To be fair, Lecavalier scored 20 goals, tied for the fourth most on the team. But when you consider his production and ice time in the playoffs…

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…well, it’s no wonder there are concerns over the fact he has four years remaining on his contract, with his prime years behind him.

“I’m going to work out hard like I do every summer and be ready for next year,” Lecavalier said. “I believe in myself and where I should be. Like I said, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs this year, but I believe in what I can do.”