Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NHL Rumors: Former Bruin Milan Lucic Traded To Flames For James Neal

NHL Rumors: Former Bruin Milan Lucic Traded To Flames For James Neal

This just in, news on the official Milan Lucic for James Neal trade, with the Oilers including a conditional third round pick and also retaining 12.5 per cent of Lucic's salary.

Can confirm deal to send James Neal to Edm for Milan Lucic isn't done yet, but is close.

Lucic had six goals and 14 assists with a minus-9 defensive rating over 79 games with the Oilers last season. Granted, Neal did miss a stretch of time due to injury during the regular season, but it was a disastrous season for the 31-year-old despite skating on a team that finished atop the Western Conference. In 114 career playoff games, Lucic has 28 goals and 70 points. We all knew that Lucic's deal would become problematic at some point during the seven years, but nobody expected him to fall off a cliff this quickly.

Neal scored seven goals last season, the first time in his 11 National Hockey League seasons he failed to score at least 20.

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He has recently fallen out of favour with fans and pundits around the city for his lack of offensive production over the last two seasons while playing on a $6-million per season contract.

The veteran winger carries a almost identical cap hit to Lucic, owed $5.75 million for every year through the 2022-23 season.

Maybe a change in scenery will help?

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