June 8, 2018 | 2:00pm ET
OILERS LOOKING TO MOVE LUCIC
Milan Lucic, left wing
Just two years after signing a seven-year, $42 million contract, it seems as though Milan Lucic may be on his way out of Edmonton – if the Oilers have it their way, that is.
According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the Oilers are in fact looking to move the veterean left winger.
“My understanding, and the reason that Milan Lucic is on (TSN’s trade bait) list is because, from my understanding, they’re trying and talking to teams about potentially taking another contract back even if that means sweetening the pot with a pick or some other roster player in order to make it happen,” Seravalli said while in conversation on TSN1260 in Edmonton. “They are pushing, or at least doing their due diligence, and working to try and move on from Milan Lucic if they can. I just don’t know that it’s going to happen with that much term left. It’s going to be a really tough one to do.”
This does not come as a shock, as the Lucic experiment has not gone as planned for the Oilers. The chemistry with Connor McDavid was never there, and his lack of speed on the wings was evident. As a whole, Lucic has tallied 84 points over his two seasons in Edmonton, in which he’s played in all 164 regular season games.
Lucic’s hefty cap hit of $6 million will make him a tough sell to any team. While in conversation with 630 CHED in Edmonton on Thursday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noted that the Oilers may have some trouble finding a taker for the player.
“Do I think that his name is coming up, do I think that he would potentially be receptive to something? Yes I do,” Friedman said. “But do I think it’s likely to happen? I think it is an extremely difficult trade to make because if someone is taking that contract from you, what are you getting back?”
Lucic, 30, still has five years remaining on his contract that carries a full No Movement Clause until 2021, allowing the player to have complete control in any possible trade destination.