December 12, 2018 | 11:55pm ET
LUCIC NO LONGER WANTS OUT OF EDMONTON
Milan Lucic, winger
Veteran forward Milan Lucic is committed to the Edmonton Oilers, it appears, and his days of wanted a trade out of town appear to be behind him.
Lucic, 30, is in the third-year of a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Oilers, but his first two seasons with the club were ones he’d like to forget.
In an interview with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Lucic admitted he is no longer seeking a trade out of town and wants to be part of the solution in Edmonton.
According to Friedman, Lucic requested a trade last summer, however TFP had learned the original ask came midway through the 2017-18 season.
“Yes, yes,” Lucic said of his change of heart. “I have embraced being in Edmonton and being an Oiler. I am here as long as they need me.”
Lucic admitted to meeting with a sports psychologist to help change his attitude towards the game and lack of primary minutes he had been receiving with the Oilers under then-head coach Todd McLellan.
“We worked on changing my thought process,” he said. “Stop living in the past. Stop thinking, ‘What if?’ Stop thinking so much about what happened in Boston. Yeah, it was great. But stop living in the past and trying to recreate the past. Focus on being part of a group trying to create something for the future.”
As new head coach Ken Hitchcock tries to find a spot for Lucic that fits, the Oilers are searching the market for a goalie and secondary scoring.
It’s unclear whom the Oilers are specifically targeting, but as they work towards solidifying their playoff footing, they could pursue Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard or New York Ranger winger Mats Zuccarello.