Vincent Lecavalier could still end up playing the wing for the Philadelphia Flyers, but he’ll start the season at his natural position of center.
And the 34-year-old sounds pretty darn happy about it.
From CSN Philly:
When the club’s main training camp opens Friday morning on the ice, Lecavalier will be at center, not wing, [coach Craig] Berube said.
How long he stays there is unknown, but Berube did say recently, “He’ll start the season at center.”
When Lecavalier heard that through a reporter, you could see relief come across his face.
“That is significantly good to hear,” he said. “I am more comfortable in the middle. …”
Of course, that begs the question — which players will Lecavalier line up between?
Flyers beat writer Randy Miller (NJ.com) expects Lecavalier to be the “third-line center” with R.J. Umberger on the left side and either Michael Raffl or Jason Akeson on the right.
The top two lines, according to Miller, would look like this:
Brayden Schenn-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Matt Read-Sean Couturier-Wayne Simmonds
Whatever the combinations end up, Lecavalier sounds like he just wants to put last season behind him.
“You have to move on,” he said. “And I believe in this team.”