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LEAGUE MAKES RULING IN LUCIC-NEAL TRADE, AS WELL AS OTHER DEALS

The NHL has made a decision on one of the conditions included in the trade that saw Edmonton ship Milan Lucic to Calgary for James Neal in July of 2019. The ruling means Edmonton will be giving Calgary a third-round draft pick.

The pick will either be in the 2020 or 2021 entry draft. Edmonton has until the start of the third round of the playoffs to decide on which year. The conditions of the trade regarding the third-round pick were: Oilers forward James Neal has to record at least 21 goals in the 2019-20 season, and Flames forward Milan Lucic scores at least 10 fewer goals than James Neal in the 2019-20 season. Neal ended up with 19 goals in the NHL's shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lucic recorded eight. From the NHL's perspective, that was enough to trigger the conditional third-round pick.

Meanwhile, the NHL has amended the conditions in the February 5th trade between the Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs involving Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford. The Maple Leafs would owe the Kings a 2021 second-round pick if they win their qualifying-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Jack Campbell gets two or more wins, or if they re-sign Kyle Clifford for next season.



Lastly, the NHL has also made a ruling in the trade between the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils involving Sami Vatanen — who was acquired from the Devils for defenceman Fredrik Claesson, forward prospect Janne Kuokkanen and conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. That fourth-round pick can change in three ways: If Carolina beats the New York Rangers, and Vatanen plays in 70 per cent of the Hurricane’s playoff games (not including the play-in round), New Jersey gets Carolina’s third-round pick this year, or If Vatanen plays in less than 70 per cent of Carolina’s playoff games, then the pick is dependent on how many appearances Vatanen makes against the Rangers. If he appears twice and Carolina wins the series, New Jersey gets Carolina’s fourth rounder this year. If he appears twice and the Rangers win, the Hurricanes get the choice of a fourth-round pick this year or next year. If he doesn’t play twice against the Rangers, no pick goes to New Jersey.


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TIM TUCKER
AUGUST 1, 2020  (8H07)
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