February 24, 2019 | 10:10am ET
OILERS LOOKING TO TRADE LUCIC
Milan Lucic, left wing
The Edmonton Oilers are exploring multiple trade scenarios ahead of Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline, and one player interim-GM Keith Gretzky is believed to be trying to move is veteran left wing Milan Lucic.
Lucic, 30, has four more years left on his contract, which comes with an annual $6 million salary cap hit. He also owns a no-movement clause, but as TFP has reported in the past, he would be willing to waive it for a new environment.
The Oilers have been trying to trade Lucic since last season when he asked they explore that possibility. He retracted his request at the start of this season, but sources have told TFP he would welcome a change of scenery.
However, his massive contract has hindered Edmonton’s ability to complete a trade, and any deal will likely result in the team taking back a large contract in a swap.
There have been some suggestions the Oilers could move Lucic to the Montreal Canadiens as part of a deal for defenceman Karl Alzner, who is currently player in the AHL. The 30-year-old has three-years left on his contract after this season and comes with a $4.625 million cap hit, however it’s unclear if there has been any traction between the two clubs.
The New York Post reported on Sunday the Oilers have tried to include Lucic in a deal involving 2016 fourth-overall selection Jesse Puljujarvi, but to no avail.
After picking up 23 goals and 50 points in his first season with Edmonton, Lucic’s production dropped last season, where he tallied 10 goals and 34 points.
In 61 games with the Oilers so far this season, Lucic has registered five goals and 11 assists for 16 points.