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To Keep Or Trade Milan Lucic

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“All of our players have to understand that the four teams playing this week all have different attributes of skill, size, speed, and grit,” Sweeney said Wednesday at TD Garden. “But they have a sacrifice level that it takes to win in the playoffs. You have to have a blend of that to get there. We have to have more aggression in our game.”

Sweeney also wants cap flexibility. The Bruins have approximately $60 million invested in their 2015-16 roster. Dougie Hamilton, Brett Connolly, and Ryan Spooner require new contracts. The Bruins need a backup goalie.

Milan Lucic is in the last year of a deal that averages $6 million annually. It is a high sum for a player for whom 18 goals and 26 assists was considered a disappointment. Sweeney does not want to play limbo too closely under the ceiling, which is projected to be approximately $70 million next year. Trading the 26-year-old winger with cap relief as an objective would help Sweeney gain breathing room.

“We have some challenges,” Sweeney acknowledged. “We have some flexibility issues that we have to get back out in front of and that we have to address head-on.”

Moving Lucic, however, would mean losing the NHL’s signature power forward. If he and David Krejci stay healthy, Lucic’s presence and production will grow next year. Trading Lucic would not necessarily improve the team in 2015-16.

Determining Lucic’s future is one of Sweeney’s most immediate decisions. It is also one of his hardest.

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duhduhduh's avatar

Stephen Weiss, straight up

Posted by duhduhduh on 05/21/15 at 07:25 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Stephen Weiss, straight up

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/21/15 at 07:25 PM ET

I could throw in a bag of pucks and a sign jersey from Cleary..

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 05/22/15 at 12:15 AM ET

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If Lucic is the signature power forward, and not producing, maybe that means the old ideas of a power forward are dead/dying and he shouldn’t be valued much at all?

I mean, I’m pretty sure Tyler Johnson isn’t a power forward, and he doesn’t seem to have trouble with playoff hockey…

Posted by Primis on 05/22/15 at 08:39 AM ET

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I mean, I’m pretty sure Tyler Johnson isn’t a power forward, and he doesn’t seem to have trouble with playoff hockey…

26 points in his last two playoff appearances.  Are you suggesting that adds up to having “trouble with playoff hockey”?

Posted by Garth on 05/22/15 at 08:52 AM ET

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