Vincent Lecavalier, considered one of the top free agent on the market during the offseason, agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
The deal with Lacavalier is considered a coup for the Flyers. The center had earlier turned down the Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars in free agency and reportedly had considered the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.
The new contract will be worth an average of $4.5 million annually and breaks down to $6 million each of the next two seasons, $4.5 million in 2015-16 and $3 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18, according to RDS.
. Lacavalier, whose contract was bought out several days ago by Tampa Bay, will receive a $2.3 million from the Lightning.
The 33-year-old Lacavalier had played for the Lightning since he entered the NHL in 1998, posting career highs of 56 goals and 108 points in 2006. In the lockout-shortened 2013 season, he played in 39 games and had 10 goals and 22 assists.