Last Saturday night, on the eve of the draft, Flyers general manger Paul Holmgren wasn’t thinking about Sam Morin, the defenseman he took in the first round. He wasn’t thinking about Robert Hagg, a second-round draft pick, either.

He was on a train up to New York with Peter Laviolette thinking about Vincent Lecavalier.

The 33-year-old veteran center was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning last Thursday and by Saturday night he was meeting with potential suitors. Holmgren and Laviolette went back to Philadelphia later that night and drove up to Newark with the rest of management for the draft on Sunday morning.

When asked in the fourth round of the draft, Holmgren wasn’t sure how to feel about the meeting, other than saying it went well.

Very well, apparently. The Flyers have won the sweepstakes.

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Dave Isaac covers the Flyers for 97.3 ESPN and The Courier Post.  Reach Dave Isaac at Follow him on Twitter @davegisaac.

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