Lucic signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Oilers on Friday, the Edmonton Journal reports. Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli was heavily criticized for his trade Wednesday that resulted in star winger Taylor Hall getting shipped to New Jersey in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson, but the addition of Lucic, one the most coveted free agents available on the open market, should be enough to quiet most detractors. After eight seasons in Boston, Lucic spent the 2015-16 campaign with the Kings and was his typical edgy and productive self, notching 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists) to complement 244 hits -- those numbers are fairly consistent with his career averages. Lucic hoisted Lord Stanley's chalice with the Bruins in 2011, so there's that, plus his willingness to hit anything that moves should open up more lanes for generational talent Connor McDavid -- that's a scary thought.
Lucic told reporters Wednesday that he is headed towards free agency on July 1 after failing to reach an agreement with Los Angeles, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports. Lucic had a great first season with the Kings as he competed in 81 contests while snagging 20 goals and 35 helpers. With the 2016 NHL Entry Draft set for Friday, teams could look at acquiring the winger's rights prior to the open of free agency in order to negotiate with him exclusively. If he makes it to the open market, the 28-year-old becomes one of the top targets for clubs with plenty of cap space available.
Lucic, a pending unrestricted free agent, has resumed contract negotiations with the Kings, though a deal is not imminent, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. In late April, after the Kings were ousted by the Sharks in the conference quarterfinals, Lucic expressed his desire to renew with the Kings. Following eight seasons with the Bruins, the 28-year-old produced 55 points (20 goals, 35) assists in his first year donning silver and black -- that was only a tick below his career averages and Lucic still amassed 244 hits, good for 11th in the entire league.
Lucic, who could test out the free agency waters this offseason, has stated his desire to remain with the Kings, the Los Angeles Times reports. "To be honest, I really don't have much interest in hitting the open market, or even hearing what's out there - because in my mind, this is where I want to be," Lucic said. Lucic scored 20 goals and added 35 assists in his first season in LA and would seem like a good bet to remain with the Kings.
Lucic tallied two goals, a hit and a plus-1 rating in a 5-4 victory over the Flames on Tuesday. Lucic ended his long scoring drought with a bang on Tuesday night. After not picking up a goal in his previous 11 games, he lit the lamp twice in this one. Even though he this was his first time in the scoring column in a long time, he has been raking in the hits, as he's got 23 in his last 12 games.
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