LOS ANGELES – Vincent Lecavalier is ready for one more run at the Stanley Cup, and the Los Angeles Kings are giving him a chance.
The Kings acquired Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday in a trade for center Jordan Weal and a third-round pick.
The 35-year-old Lecavalier has been a healthy scratch for much of the season, appearing in just seven games while his career apparently wound down. But the 17-year veteran also is a former 108-point scorer and a Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal-scorer, and he won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004.
He'll have a chance to fit in with the veteran Kings (25-12-2), who are in first place in the Pacific Division and second place in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014, and coach Darryl Sutter's club has rebounded impressively this season after missing the playoffs last spring. The Kings have a history of getting revitalized efforts from veteran forwards from Jeff Carter to Marian Gaborik during their championship runs.
Lecavalier has scored 932 points in 1,170 regular-season games with the Lightning and the Flyers, who signed him as a free agent in 2013 after 14 seasons with Tampa Bay, which made him the No. 1 overall pick in 1998. He scored a modest 37 points in his first season with Philadelphia, but has just 21 points in 64 games since.
Lecavalier signed with the Flyers partly for the chance to play in the system of coach Peter Laviolette, who was abruptly fired three games into Lecavalier's first season. Although Lecavalier contributed to a playoff run in 2014, he was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career on Dec. 2, 2014, and his fortunes never recovered in Philadelphia.
Lecavalier is a four-time All-Star. He played extensively for Canada a decade ago, winning the MVP award at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
The 26-year-old Schenn has two goals and three assists for the Flyers, but is in the final year of his contract. His right-handed shot could fit in well on Los Angeles' blue line.
The 23-year-old Weal is scoreless in games with the Kings this season, making his NHL debut in October.
Los Angeles assigned defenseman Derek Forbort to its AHL affiliate in Ontario to make room for the newcomers.