LA Kings acquire Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn in deal with Flyers

January 6, 2016

The Los Angeles Kings made a deal to boost their defensive depth, acquiring forward Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Jordan Weal and a third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, Kings GM Dean Lombardi announced.

Schenn, 26, is a physical player who has appeared in 29 games this season with the Flyers.  He has five points (2-3=5) and 30 penalty minutes.  He will also become a free agent at the end of the year.

The 6-2, 229-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has played for the Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs during his eight-year NHL career, and was the prize of this trade for the Kings.

Drafted in the first-round (fifth overall) by Toronto during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Schenn has appeared in 523 career regular-season games he has 117 points (26-91=117) and 357 penalty minutes. He has appeared in seven playoff games scoring one goal (1-0=1) and posting a plus-1 rating. Luke’s brother, Brayden, was drafted by the Kings during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and appeared in nine games with Los Angeles.

Lecavalier, 35, has seen limited action this season, playing in just seven games with the Flyers and producing one point (0-1=1) and two penalty minutes.  He is expected to retire at the end of this season, according to other outlets.

The 6-4, 215-pound native of Ile Bizard, Quebec has played for the Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning during his 17-year NHL career. In 1,170 career regular-season games he has 932 points (411-521=932) and 828 penalty minutes. The first overall pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by Tampa Bay, Lecavalier won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004 and has appeared in 70 playoff games overall. He has posted 54 points (25-29=54), a plus-1 rating and 82 penalty minutes during that time.

Weal, 23, a well-regarded prospect, has appeared in 10 games during his first NHL season going scoreless with two penalty minutes. He was selected in the third round (70th overall) by the Kings in 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

To make room on the 23-man roster, the Kings have assigned defenseman Derek Forbort to Ontario (AHL).

The Kings play host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at STAPLES Center on FOX Sports West and TalkRadio 790 KABC at 7:30 p.m.

By Staff of and news services

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