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NHL trade rumors: Vincent Lecavalier's agent has permission to seek trade

One year after signing him, the Philadelphia Flyers may be looking to trade Vincent Lecavalier.

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The Philadelphia Flyers might want a mulligan on the Vincent Lecavalier signing.

Just one year after signing him to a five-year, $22 million contract, TSN's Darren Dreger reports that Lecavalier's agent, Kent Hughes, has permission to speak to teams around the league regarding a potential trade.

Lecavalier ended up scoring 20 goals in 69 games for the Flyers, but was a mess during even-strength situations and showed signs of slowing down as the season progressed. He finished as one of the worst possession players on the roster and by the end of the year was seeing time on the Flyers' fourth line.

The Flyers already have more than $69 million in cap space committed to 19 players for the 2014-15 season and could certainly use some additional space both now and in the future. Lecavalier is a natural place to start when looking to create that space.

The problem they're going to run into, if they're serious about trading Lecavalier, is finding a team that's willing to take on a 34-year-old forward stuck in a steep decline that still has four years and $18 million remaining on his contract.

Philadelphia, as is usually the case, has already been very active this offseason having traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger and re-signing restricted free agent Brayden Schenn to a long-term contract extension.

The Flyers signed Lecavalier last offseason after the Tampa Bay Lightning used a compliance buyout on him.