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What To Do With Milan Lucic

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

He could be the behemoth that chewed up the Blackhawks in the Bruins’ 3-2 loss Dec. 11 to Chicago, the NHL’s best team. In the third period, Lucic scooped up a loose puck in the defensive zone. He accelerated past Andrew Shaw. He shook off Patrick Sharp’s stick check like it was a toothpick. Lucic capped the rush by bulling through Michal Rozsival and Klas Dahlbeck before dishing to Torey Krug for a net-front strike.

Or Lucic could be the bystander who submitted a 0-0—0 line two nights later. In the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Senators, Lucic landed just one puck on goal and offered little impact outside of a second-period fight with Mark Borowiecki.

Through 35 games this season, Lucic had six goals and 11 assists for 17 points. He’s been without David Krejci, his regular center, for 20 games. But that’s no excuse, not when Alex Ovechkin (16-12—28), Zach Parise (13-14—27), Daniel Sedin (8-22—30), Patrick Marleau (7-20—27), and Henrik Zetterberg (7-23—30) are the only left wings earning more annually than Lucic.

So if projecting how Lucic will play short term is such a challenge, consider applying the same exercise to the left wing’s next contract. It’s why figuring out how to progress with Lucic — or without him— is one of the trickiest challenges on the Bruins’ agenda.

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Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog on the 'soft' Bruins...

There are so many “fancy stats” being computed around the NHL, it’s hard to keep track.

Surfing the Web after the Bruins’ 6-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, I couldn’t find the one stat – fancy or plain – that summed up the defeat. I wanted to know how many times a Bruins player was knocked on his rear end by a Blue Jackets player.

Maybe no one could count that high.

If ever there was a game that could prove the 2014-15 Bruins are soft, it happened Saturday night in the capital of Ohio.

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SYF's avatar

Lucic is 26 years old. He has one more season under contract at $6 million annually before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Lucic is in his career’s sweet spot.

They can have him.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/28/14 at 03:06 PM ET

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