You may have heard this recently, but the Philadelphia Flyers are trying to trade Vinny Lecavalier just about a year after signing him to a five-year, $22.5 million contract.

Lecavalier is sitting on the trade block - as he has been for weeks now - while Flyers general manager Ron Hextall continues to try and find a willing trade partner for the 34-year-old center who doesn’t have a natural fit in the Flyers lineup anymore.

Deals with the Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators have been rumored but have spun their tires in mud reportedly due to Lecavalier’s hefty salary of $4.5 million per year – a reasonable reluctance considering Lecavalier’s injury woes (face, back) and overall inconsistency last season – and the Flyers unwillingness to eat a good portion of his salary.

Those deals could always be revisited, especially the Nashville one now that center Mike Fisher is out with an Achilles rupture.

But those facts above beg this question: Where should the Flyers play Lecavalier this upcoming season if they are forced to hold on to him?

It’s a scenario that grows more and more plausible as each summer day without a trade passes.

Keep in mind that this is not the same situation that happened with defenseman Wade Redden and the New York Rangers a few years ago when the Rangers couldn’t trade Redden and stashed the defenseman and his salary in the minors. Lecavalier has a no-movement clause so he can’t be sent to the minors without his consent.

But back to Lecavalier and his potential role with the Flyers this upcoming season.

He definitely wouldn’t play on Sean Couturier’s shutdown third line that faces the opposition’s best players every night due to his defensive inefficiencies at this point in his career. Lecavalier finished a team low minus-16 least season in just 69 regular season games played and his minus-5 rating in the seven-game playoff series against the Rangers was the second-lowest rating on the team, just ahead of Braydon Coburn’s minus-6.