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NHL notebook: Flyers sign Lecavalier for 5 years, $22.5 million

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The Flyers signed Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year, $22.5 million deal Tuesday, July 2, 2013, days after the Lightning used a compliance buyout, ending his career in Tampa Bay.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 8:15 p.m.

The Flyers signed veteran center Vincent Lecavalier to a multi-year contract. The Lightning let their 33-year-old captain go last week, and the Flyers pounced Tuesday night, signing him to a reported five-year deal worth $22.5 million.

Tampa Bay cut ties with Lecavalier to clear space under a smaller salary cap. The Flyers took advantage of both of their compliance buyouts to release forward Danny Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

Lecavalier didn't mesh with Tampa Bay's plans, or at least his contract didn't — it had seven years and $45 million remaining.

The four-time All-Star, drafted No. 1 overall by the Lightning in 1998, helped the franchise win the Stanley Cup in 2004 and scored a franchise-high 383 goals.

• Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron said he won't need surgery for any of the injuries he suffered in the Stanley Cup Final. Bergeron tore rib cartilage, broke a rib on his left side and separated his right shoulder during Boston's series that ended June 24 with the Blackhawks winning the championship in six games. The star center also punctured his left lung and went to the hospital right after the game to have it treated. He stayed there until last Wednesday.

• The Blue Jackets signed forward Blake Comeau to a one-year contract extension through next season. The 27-year-old totaled six goals and six assists in 42 games with the Flames and Blue Jackets.

• The Flames acquired forward T.J. Galiardi from the Sharks for a fourth-round draft pick in 2015, then signed the Calgary native to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million. He has 39 goals and 48 assists in 221 career NHL games.

• Sabres coach Ron Rolston added NHL experience to his new staff by hiring Joe Sacco, a 13-year NHL veteran as a player who spent the past four seasons as the Avalanche coach before being fired in April.

• The Wild made qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: defensemen Jared Spurgeon, Tyler Cuma and Kyle Medvec, and right wings Justin Fontaine and Carson McMillan. Minnesota did not make a qualifying offer to forwards Joel Broda or Benn Ferriero.

— Wire reports

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