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Lucic’s comments on trade read like a parting shot to the Oilers

july 20, 2019
Edmonton seemingly pulled off a miracle Friday, trading away what many feel is one of the worst contracts in the NHL. In 2016, Milan Lucic signed a seven-year, $42 million deal with Edmonton as a free agent. His struggles didn’t necessarily begin right away. In his first season as an Oiler, he scored 23 goals and managed 50 points. It went downhill fast from there.

In the 2017-2018 season, Lucic managed just 10 goals and 34 points. The wheels completely fell off last year when the 31-year-old scored a measly six goals, with a total of 20 points. Many felt moving Lucic would be next to impossible given his lack of production and his cap hit. However, that was not to be the case. Lucic was shipped to Calgary Friday in exchange for James Neal, who is facing his own struggles. Edmonton retains 12.5 percent of Lucic’s salary. The Oilers may also have to send Calgary a 3rd round draft pick. That's only if Neal records at least 21 goals in the upcoming season and Lucic scores 10 fewer.

When Lucic was asked why he waived his no movement clause to go to Calgary, one can’t help but wonder if his words are a dig at Edmonton’s recent struggles as a team.

“It was important for me to go to a contending team, a team that was playing meaningful hockey on a night-to-night basis.”

Despite having one of the best players of this generation in Connor McDavid, Edmonton has missed the playoffs the last two seasons. Since 2010, Edmonton has gone through seven head coaches.

NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 31 53
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 52
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 44
BRAD MARCHAND 29 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 29 43
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
JACK EICHEL 29 39
PATRICK KANE 29 35
ARTEMI PANARIN 28 34
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 29 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 31 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 19
LEON DRAISAITL 31 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 31 34
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 33
JOHN CARLSON 31 32
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 26
BRAD MARCHAND 29 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
CALE MAKAR 28 28
DOUGIE HAMILTON 29 28
VICTOR HEDMAN 24 24
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 28 28
VICTOR OLOFSSON 29 24
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 22 15
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 23 14
TUUKKA RASK 18 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
TRISTAN JARRY 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 18 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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