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Vinny Lecavalier Moved to First Line, Martin Biron Retires

October 22nd, 2013 at 11:43 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Flyers have had trouble scoring in every game so far this season. Flyers head coach Craig Berube is shuffling around the lines in order get things turned around. The most noticeable change was Vinny Lecavalier on the first line.

Estebomb / Foter / CC BY-ND

Photo credit: Estebomb / Foter / CC BY-ND

Many thought that Lecavalier would play on the same line as Claude Giroux when he signed with the Flyers in the offseason. However, Lecavalier became the center, his natural position, on the second line when training camp started.   In practice Wednesday, Berube switched things up and moved Lecavalier to the first line as the right winger. Berube also moved Michael Raffl to the left wing to take Tye McGinn's spot.

With those moves, McGinn, Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek practiced together. If that becomes an official line, it looks like Wayne Simmonds will be with Sean Couturier and Matt Read. The main fourth line of Zac Rinaldo, Adam Hall, and Jay Rosehill will remain untouched besides the usual game-by-game changes with Kris Newbury.

This isn't the first time that Lecavalier has played on the right wing as he played there while on the same line as Martin St. Louis and Steve Stamkos while he was with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lecavalier also said that he goes to the right side almost every time anyway as the center, so it is going to be a natural fit for him. His promotion to the top line should help Giroux get out of his slump because Lecavalier has been getting the chances as well as creating them for others.


Former Flyers goaltender Martin Biron has retired from hockey. Biron was recently with the New York Rangers, but they demoted him last week. Rather than continue with the demotion, Biron decided to put the pads away after 16 seasons.

Biron began his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres in 1995 when they drafted him in the first round. Biron played for the Sabres through the 2005-06 season. He began the 2006 season with the Sabres before being traded to the Flyers halfway though. Biron remained with the Flyers until 2009. He spent one season with the New York Islanders before joining the Rangers in 2010.

As a Flyer, Biron finished with a 65-47-0-16 record, a 2.78 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. He ended his career with a 230-191-25-27 record, 2.61 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. He played in 508 games and started in 473 of them.

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