In the 2014-15 season, the Flyers missed the playoffs primarily due to inconsistent play. But it was the inconsistencies of three players that were magnified, and for good reason.
Combined, Vincent Lecavalier, R.J. Umberger and Andrew MacDonald make $14.1 million. Last season, they played in a combined 182 games, scoring 19 goals and adding 28 assists. Umberger was a minus-9. Lecavalier was a minus-7. MacDonald was a minus-5.
Across the board, it was unacceptable.
Umberger eventually missed the end of the season with an injury that hampered him for much of the season. MacDonald was injured twice, his season coming to an end on a blocked shot. Lecavalier was in and out of the lineup all season.
Craig Berube didn’t seem to know how to handle it.
Enter Dave Hakstol, the new coach of the Flyers. Due to the contracts they have, it seems likely that the Flyers and Ron Hextall, who has been actively shopping Lecavalier and probably pitched MacDonald at times, are stuck with the three players.
So what can Hakstol get out of these three players that may make them worth keeping?