In a stunning move, Flyers coach Craig Berube demoted Vinny Lecavalier to the fourth line.

Lecavalier had been playing on the second line at left wing, but will be back at his natural position _ center _ for Friday's game against visiting Toronto.

"It wasn't working where it was, so I put him back in the middle, and it's where we're going to start right now," Berube said after Friday's morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center, adding he would take it "shift by shift for now."

Lecavalier will center Zac Rinaldo and Adam Hall. Tye McGinn will take his spot at left wing on a line with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

"That line wasn't doing what it was intended to do, so I made a change," Berube said.

Signed to a five-year, $22.5-million free-agent deal in the off-season, Lecavalier has just 15 goals (eight at even-strength) and 15 assists in a season that has been hindered by a back injury.

Berube said he expected more from Lecavalier, "and I think he expects more. We all do. I still think he can (do more)."

Lecavalier, 33, was visibly upset by the demotion, but deflected all questions about the surprising nature of the move.