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Afternoon Line- Milan Lucic

Lucic was not involved in any of the battles between the Flames and Oilers although many would have liked him to.



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Video- Milan Lucic Suspended Two Games

NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2019) – Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for two games, without pay, for roughing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kole Sherwood during NHL Game No. 211 in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 2, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 4:52 of the second period. Lucic was assessed two minor penalties for roughing.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Lucic will forfeit $64,516.12. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


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Video- Milan Lucic Has A Hearing Scheduled For Sunday


Watch the 'roughing' below.

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Video- Milan Lucic Plans To Put Less Pressure On Himself

via TSN's YouTube page,

Milan Lucic admits that he put a lot of pressure on himself to succeed in Edmonton and is hoping he can relax with a fresh start in Calgary. He even goes on to say that he already feels less pressure coming into this year than he has in the past.



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A New Start For Milan Lucic

from Sportsnet,

Milan Lucic couldn’t fathom the idea of being traded to an in-province rival, but that’s exactly what happened earlier this summer when the Edmonton Oilers sent the power forward to the Calgary Flames for James Neal.

After consulting with those closest to him, including his wife, agent, plus several former teammates such as retired Flames captain Jarome Iginla, Lucic agreed to the move and is now optimistic about the upcoming 2019-20 season.

“I think the main thing for me was just getting a fresh start,” Lucic told Sportsnet 960 Thursday.

“Coming to a good team, a veteran team, a team that took a big step in the right direction last year, for myself, it’s just coming in and just helping. I’m not coming in looking to be some saviour or anything like that. I don’t think it was like that going into Edmonton as well, but in Edmonton I think I put a little too much pressure on myself to be this leader, power forward, goal scorer, all this type of stuff. I think I put too much on my plate, too much for me to handle.”


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Looks Like A Milan Lucic/James Neal Swap Could Happen

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added 7:35pm, Trade is official...

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Videos- What You May Have Missed Last Night

Milan Lucic receved a major for a cross-check and a game misconduct.  The Blues say Oskar Sundqvist should be fine.



Below, Mike Hoffman with a stick toss to prevent a Radulov empty net goal.

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Video- Good Or Bad Hit From Milan Lucic On Victor Mete?

Jack Todd tweets,

How do you fail to make the call on that play? Scary, terrifying hit the way Lucic threw Mete into the boards. And no call. Sickening.

Wouldn't be surprised to see Lucic get a suspension for that hit. But the referees are the first line of defence. Most of these clowns don't care about fines or suspensions - throw them out of a game and you get their attention.


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Milan Lucic’s New Role In Edmonton

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The day Milan Lucic arrived in Edmonton, as a free agent on July 1, 2016, he stood under a gleaming sun atop a parking garage across from Rogers Place and beamed, "The McDavid factor changes it all. That’s why I chose to come here."

He had come to Northern Alberta to ride shotgun for the game’s new rising star, with a fat, new seven-year, US$42-million deal in tow.

Fast forward to Sunday night, where Lucic was one of the most impactful players on the ice in a 1-0 win over the Calgary Flames — playing on a line with Kyle Brodziak and Zack Kassian. He’s a hard-working checker now, working two lines and a powerplay unit below McDavid these days, simply trying to help settle a flagging franchise into a style that can bring home some wins.

"I’m just embracing the role, having fun playing a certain way with Brods and Kass. We know what’s expected of us, and (head coach Ken Hitchcock) counts on us to play the right way and do the right things," said Lucic.

It’s not easy to be that guy who makes $6 million on the third line; that guy who now has two goals in his last 76 NHL games. It’s hard on the pride — it has to be for a proud man like Lucic.


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Milan Lucic Will Be Speaking By Phone With The Department Of Player Safety


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If you missed the actions by Lucic, watch here.

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Video- Milan Lucic In Action

Lucic received 2 for interference, 2 for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct.


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Afternoon Line- Milan Lucic

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Videos- Milan Lucic Had A Busy Night

Mike Smith first...



Tanner Glass next...

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Milan Lucic Needs To Get Quicker On The Ice

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Lucic last scored Dec. 23 on Montreal’s Carey Price....

Lucic knows he has to get quicker, which entails getting lighter than his current 238 pounds.

Two years into his seven-year, $42-million contract, he also knows he has to adapt. There’s no fighting anymore; he’s still in the top 10 in NHL hits, but the game’s going away from cycling along the boards as the puck’s carried into the zone more on the rush. There’s a lot less of what makes Milan Lucic, Milan Lucic. All those admirable traits.

So how does Lucic keep up or get faster?

“It’s a tough question to answer. I don’t know what the league’s going to look like four years from now,” he said. “But it’s up to me to get faster and that’s on the off-ice part of it.”

Can his body show up much lighter next year?


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Video- Can You Embellish A “Little Tickle”?

Milan Lucic two for slashing, Brandon Manning two for embellishment.


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On Milan Lucic And John Tavares

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

- Through 35 games, Milan Lucic is Edmonton’s No. 3 scorer with 10 goals and 14 assists. The ex-Bruin is on pace to score 56 points, almost right in line with his 20-35—55 output last season with Los Angeles.

Half of Lucic’s production, however, has taken place on the power play. In Edmonton’s 3-2 win over Arizona on Wednesday, Lucic scored his fourth power-play goal by hammering home a close-range strike on Mike Smith. Lucic is averaging 2:59 of power-play time per game, second-most on the team behind Connor McDavid (3:11). The left wing is seeing more man-advantage opportunities than he did in LA, where he averaged 2:07 of PP time per game.

The curious thing about Lucic’s first year as an Oiler is how he hasn’t produced with the same efficiency at even strength, especially considering he’s been riding with McDavid and Jordan Eberle on Edmonton’s first line. You would think a pee-wee could average a point per game with McDavid as a center. But it hasn’t been that easy for Lucic. The former Bruin is averaging a career-worst 1.22 five-on-five points per 60 minutes of play, according to http://www.corsica.hockey In co.mparison, McDavid is averaging 2.64 points per 60....

- It’s hard enough for John Tavares to center Josh Bailey and Anders Lee. On deeper teams, neither Bailey nor Lee would be considered first-line wings. The bigger issue is how short the Islanders’ bench becomes after Tavares takes his shift. Coach Jack Capuano’s second line is Andrew Ladd, Alan Quine, and Jason Chimera, hardly a murderers’ row of offense. It means opponents can deploy all their top defensive dogs against Tavares, who is so good that he still manages to create chances. For example, the Bruins rolled out Chara and Patrice Bergeron against No. 91. Against Pittsburgh, Chara and Bergeron were separated, tasked to defend Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, respectively. Tavares is signed through 2018 at a $5.5 million annual song. The Islanders may have to double his payday just to convince him to stay in Brooklyn.

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Afternoon Line- Milan Lucic

“I’m looking forward to these next seven years and I plan on playing them out to the best of my ability and, hopefully, I can add another year or two once this contract is done.

“Hopefully things are going well and I can play as long as I want to play. There’s maybe one or two per cent of guys who get to do that.

“I’m going to do everything I can to be the best player I can be in these next seven years. There’s a lot to look forward to.”

-Milan Lucic of the Edmonton Oilers.  Much more from Lucic by Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province.

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The Edmonton Oilers Needed Milan Lucic

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Edmonton Oilers had skill. Now they have snarl.

They will have it for a good, long time after signing Milan Lucic to a seven-year contract that ESPN reported was worth $42 million when the NHL free-agent market opened Friday, and that's the obvious concern. Seven years is a lot of term for a power forward who is 28 and locked up through age 34.

But you have to take risk if you're going to win bidding wars in unrestricted free agency, especially if you're a team like the Oilers, who have missed the playoffs for 10 straight seasons and play in one of the coldest of the cold-weather markets.

And general manager Peter Chiarelli was willing to take this risk because he knows what Lucic can do on the left wing with elite centers.


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Not A Bad Thing For The Vancouver Canucks If Milan Lucic Does Sign With Edmonton

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

To sum up, the Oilers, who are in desperate need of top-tier defencemen and have one of the best young left wingers in hockey, are preparing a massive contract offer for Milan Lucic.

Only in Edmonton.

Just imagine the outrage locally if this was a Jim Benning joint.

If the Oilers end up signing Lucic, and a few in Edmonton think it’s a virtual fait accompli, and it ends up a six-year commitment and squeezes out one of their good young forwards, Vancouver may feel just fine about being among the bridesmaids, yet again.

The Canucks have earned a reputation for finishing second this decade. Remember them chasing Shane Doan, Justin Schutz, Drake Caggiula and the Stanley Cup?

Missing out on a 28-year-old, hard-playing power forward who is asking to be signed well into his 30s would not be the worst thing to happen to the Canucks this off-season.


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Milan Lucic Wants To Stay In LA While Vinny Lecavalier Confirms Retirement Plans

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

“To be honest, I really don't have much interest into hitting the open market, or even hearing what's out there -- because in my mind, this is where I want to be,” said Lucic. “Why flirt with something when you know what you want?”

Lucic's willingness to stay, at what would almost certainly be at a discount compared to what he could potentially earn as a free agent, might make negotiations on a contract extension easier for Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. Lucic, whose salary-cap hit to the Kings was $3.25 million this last year, said he didn't think the sides were too far apart.

“Just a little bit more work to do to bridge the gap here,” said Lucic. “It's something I definitely want moving forward and it's something they want too. Hopefully, we can make it work out here.”...

As expected, Vinny Lecavalier, who joined the Kings in January from the Philadelphia Flyers, made it official - he will be retiring. Lecavalier made that promise to the Kings so that his $4.5-million salary-cap charge wouldn't linger on the books.

“I've had a lot of good moments,” said a reflective Lecavalier. “One of the best was winning the Cup [in 2004, with the Tampa Bay Lightning] but to get a second chance at playing when you think you might not play again was great. This was just a really good experience for me, the last three or four months.

“I always had that confidence deep down I could still do well. It was great, and this is a great team. I know they're going to win again, just by the way they act, and the leadership group and the talent they have. It's been great.”


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Morning Line- Milan Lucic

Our execution wasn’t very good. As you saw 5-on-5 we weren’t able to get a goal, and not only that, not enough quality chances and we’re not making it hard enough on them in the defensive zone. We’re not getting enough traffic, we’re not getting enough second-chance opportunities. We’ve got to start playing our game and right now we’re not playing our game at all. We’ve got to stop playing with frustration and start using our emotion in the right way because frustration is a waste of emotion and we’ve got to go out there with determination and start playing our game.

-Milan Lucic of the LA Kings after the 2-1 loss to the Sharks.  More quotes from Lucic and other LA players by Lindsay Czarnecki at LA Kings Insider.

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Milan Lucic Wants To Stay With The Los Angeles Kings

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

When the pending unrestricted free agent was asked about his desire to remain in southern California, he didn’t hesitate.

“Yes,” he said. And then he added a second “yes” for emphasis.

It’s been a tough year of transition for Lucic, but he’s in a good place. His father committed suicide last April and then came a trade from the only NHL club the second-round 2006 draft pick played for over his previous eight seasons.

But he looks comfortable and sounds content.

“It’s been great,” stressed Lucic. “I’ve really enjoyed it so far. Great place to play. Great place to live. And a first-class organization in how they treat their players and that’s why I would love nothing more than to definitely remain a King.

“It just seemed because of my style that coming here was going to be a really good fit because we play that straight ahead power game. And playing for Darryl (Sutter), you obviously have a lot of respect for a good western guy and that was something I was really looking forward to — playing for a guy who’s hard-nosed and expects his guys to play a certain way.

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Was the Boston Bruins’ rout at the hands of Los Angeles a ‘time for a trade’ indication for Boston?

From ESPN's "Morning 3 on 3":

Scott Burnside: Well, that was quite a homecoming for Milan Lucic, no? The former Boston Bruins power forward and key member of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team returned with his new team the Los Angeles Kings, and they put a big-time hurt on the Bruins in a 9-2 trouncing. Ouch. Nine different Kings scored, including Lucic (who also added an assist). We have often suggested these teams are mirror images of each other in terms of style and identity, but maybe Boston's reflection has more than a few cracks these days. While Lucic has fit seamlessly with the Kings, purveyors of heavy hockey who have rediscovered their mojo, the Bruins continue to meander through the Eastern Conference. Yes, Boston owns a wild card spot as of Wednesday morning, but is anyone confident this is a team that can stay there, or make a dent if they get in? More to the point, how does rookie Bruins GM Don Sweeney approach his first trade deadline? Add or subtract? Both? Neither?


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Video- Welcome To Boston Milan Lucic

The Boston Bruins played this tribute to Lucic last night.

The LA Kings defeated the Bruins 9-2.


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Milan Lucic Returns To Boston

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Milan Lucic is a bear of man. Everything about him is oversized, from his 6-foot-3, 228-pound frame and the force of his personality to the way he plays hockey – mean and on the edge.

Some NHL players just fill space in a dressing room. When Lucic walks in, he radiates a natural ebullience, and it is contagious. And so the fit for Lucic – going from Boston, where he played the first eight seasons of his career, to the Los Angeles Kings – has been seamless.

Lucic makes his first return to Boston Tuesday, when the Kings start a season-high seven-game road trip. They’re comfortably atop the Pacific Division and plotting another long playoff run.

For Lucic, the timing really couldn’t be better. He’s been with the Kings for five months now, long enough to distance himself from his days in Boston, during which the Bruins won a memorable Stanley Cup in 2011. But he’s also looking forward to renewing acquaintances with old friends and the Boston staff, many of whom he plans to see before the teams hit the ice.

His return to Beantown may be a big deal in hockey circles, but, as he says in an interview, “I never asked to get traded.”


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Hello Boston

from Milan Lucic at The Players' Tribune,

is is how naive I was when I got to Boston. Are you ready for this?

We had this really nice guy who worked for the team and handled all the road travel. He was in his early 70s. His name was Johnny, and he was just awesome. I was a 19-year-old kid in my first training camp. I didn’t know what the hell was going on. I didn’t know about NHL travel. I knew about WHL buses. So Johnny had my back. He was kind of like a cool grandfather to me.

One day after practice, I was sitting in the locker room talking to one of my teammates, and I was like, “Johnny’s a real nice guy, eh?”

He goes, “Johnny who?”

“You know, the road guy. Johnny. Can’t remember his last name.”

“You mean Johnny friggin’ Bucyk?!”

“Is that his name? Sorry, man. Still trying to learn everybody.”

“Come here.”


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It’s linesman-hitting night in the NHL!

This play is definitely going to be reviewed by the NHL, but I'm not sure what decision they're going to make. Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman got hit very hard by Nashville Predators forward Miikka Salomaki, and as Wideman gets up and goes to the bench, linesman Don Henderson...do we go with "gets in the way" or "got clipped by Wideman?" Both things appear to have happened:

At 1 AM, TSN posted this:

Afterwards Wideman said the incident was "completely unintentional and I already apologized to him".

"Throughout my career I think I've treated every official with the utmost respect and I'd never try to intentionally hit a linesman or ref," explained Wideman. "I was kind of keeled over and at the last second I saw him and couldn't avoid it. I couldn't see him and didn't know where to go or how to get away from him. It was an accident and I feel really bad about it."

Update: For comparison's sake, see: Milan Loosick...I mean Milan Lucic...slugging Jay Sharrers in the face while trying to get at Cody McLeod:

That'll get reviewed, too.

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Video- Milan Lucic Suspended One Game

Here is the explanation.


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Video- Milan Lucic On Receiving A Game Ejection

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

First, the controversy and some choice words afterward from Kings left wing Milan Lucic. Lucic was ejected from the game, at 6:55 of the third period for taking a swing and connecting with Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton.

Lucic said he feared his wrist was broken, at first. He said his whole hand went numb and he couldn't feel his hand, explaining his reaction to the slash.

“Thankfully, X-rays came back negative,” he said. “If I don't react, I don't think he even calls a penalty. The same guy [referee] Brad Meier, I think this is the fourth time he's kicked me out of a game.

“It's always the same thing with him. Guys can take liberties on me and it's not a penalty. If I do something, I'm automatically kicked out of the game. It's just unfortunate it is that way with him. Just gotta move on and not get frustrated by the referees in the game.”

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With Anze Koptar Signed, The Los Angeles Kings Turn Their Attention To Milan Lucic

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi said via email that he had his initial planning meeting with Kings cap whiz Jeff Solomon on Wednesday to start looking at what's ahead for them.

"We are back at the drawing board now with Kopitar being done," Lombardi said.

If the Kings can't make it work with Lucic, so be it, the winger says he'll go into the free-agent market with an open mind and expect the unexpected.

But he stressed again that he hopes to make it work contract-wise in L.A.

It feels right with the Kings. And maybe that's because he's gone from a Boston team that contended for years and won a Cup in 2011, to another contender. It's all about winning and that's all Lucic knows in his DNA.

"I think it's made it so much easier on myself, coming into a place where the team already is an established winner expected to do well," Lucic said.

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Evening Line- Milan Lucic On Drew Doughty

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Video- Don’t Wake Up Milan Lucic

via Sportsnet,

There’s more to Milan Lucic than just his aggressive style of play on this ice- after a summer of highs and lows, he’s coming to terms playing hockey on the other side of the country.


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Weekes weighs in on the Kings’ struggles

From NHL.com's Kevin Weekes' "Friday Four":

4. Kings not looking royal

The Los Angeles Kings are concerning because they are such a great group in terms of management and coaching staff. They're coming off a tough year, not making the Stanley Cup Playoffs after winning the Cup. A lot of their top guys came back in top shape, but it hasn't translated into their performance yet. They hardly get any shots on goal. There's no spark to their game.

I think Milan Lucic has a great opportunity as a pending free agent to come in there and play the way he is capable of playing. He's a big man, he's from the West Coast, but he hasn't been a fit so far. When he is on his game, he can be a game-changer, but it's not really all on him. A lot of guys in their group are not showing any spark. All the hunger they said they had has not translated into their game.

Their speed guys aren't even playing the speed game that we know. Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter, "That 70s Line," those guys are fast players; but right now, they are not playing physical or fast. It's been disappointing watching them so far because I know they are way better than they've shown. The Kings are a two-time Cup champion team, but we're not seeing that right now.

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Video- Milan Lucic Received A Match Penalty Late In The 5-1 Loss To The Sharks

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Milan Lucic, on his altercation with Logan Couture:

Just a little hit. I didn’t like it, so I reacted to it. I don’t know why I got a match penalty. I didn’t cross any line, so obviously I deserved a penalty, but I don’t know why it was called a match penalty. At the end of the day, I don’t care who it is on the other side. If you’re going to hit someone like that, you could easily injure someone, it doesn’t matter what the situation is. I’m definitely going to react to it. That’s basically it. Five-one game, you don’t want to lose any game like that, never mind your first game at home, first game in five months. I hope that and everything is a wake-up call that we need to get things going right away. We just need to bring more emotion to the game on Friday.

Lucic, on Darryl Sutter saying that it shouldn’t have even been a roughing penalty:

I don’t want to disagree with him, but it might have been a roughing penalty, and that’s about it.

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Milan Lucic Would Love To Stay With The Los Angeles Kings

from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,

So, he was sent to Los Angeles, where he has been playing with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik. And, after feeling like he was “overthinking” in his first preseason game with his new team, Lucic said his plan needed to be to “trust yourself and play within your strengths and go out there and do what you do and not focus too much on overanalyzing the X’s and O’s to where you’re overthinking things.”

Lucic didn’t have to think in Boston. He knew what to do and where to be. He doesn’t know that in Los Angeles. And there are other things he also doesn’t know as the regular season approaches.

Lucic is in the final year of his contract, with a $6 million cap hit. The Kings are said to be open to inking Lucic to a new deal, but he needs to prove he can get back to his play of 2010-11, when he scored 30 goals and 32 assists as the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.

“Another thing that I have to learn how to deal with, too, is that little bit of uncertainty,” he said. I’ve always known that, ‘Hey, OK, I’m going to be here [in Boston] and the contract is there,’ so none of that was ever in the back of your mind, right? So I guess there is a little bit of uncertainty there, as well.

“Usually when the team has success, individuals have success, so I’m just trying to come here and help the team win hockey games, and usually when you do that everything else takes care of itself.”

Maybe, it was suggested, he’ll be back in the Eastern Conference next season, seeing his former teammates more than twice a year. He laughed.

“We’ll see,” he said. “In a perfect world I’d love to stay out here. It’s awesome.”

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Morning Line- Milan Lucic

"I honestly don't know what's going to happen moving on. I mean I have one year left on my contract, and there's a possibility that I can hit the [unrestricted free agent] market.

"It's obviously something that's been a dream of mine since I've been a kid, is to play in your hometown and play for the Canucks, but right now the main focus is going down to L.A. and trying to make the most of that."

-Milan Lucic of the Los Angeles Kings.  More from Mike Battaglino of NHL.com.

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One And Done For Milan Lucic In LA and The Goalies In Anaheim

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Lucic caught in numbers game

Had Milan Lucic been traded to a team other than the Kings, the ex-Bruin could already have his next contract in place. The 27-year-old left wing, with full health, a primary role, and motivation on his side, is in line to have a good season. An extension now would cost less than a new deal next offseason. But LA’s first priority is re-upping Anze Kopitar, who will also be unrestricted on July 1. And that will be a complicated transaction. Had business proceeded normally, Kopitar would have signed an extension comparable to Jonathan Toews’s eight-year, $84 million blockbuster. Kopitar is LA’s version of Toews. But within the context of a slow-to-rise cap, Toews’s deal is inflationary. As much as they need Kopitar back, the Kings have to be conservative. Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli will be restricted after 2016-17. In that context, Lucic is a secondary priority for the Kings. He may even be a short-term acquisition in the Kings’ push to return to the playoffs.

Masking agents

Anaheim’s goaltending tandem of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson may not continue in 2015-16. The Ducks acquired Anton Khudobin from Carolina for James Wisniewski on June 27. The ex-Bruin could be Andersen’s backup, leaving Gibson to develop in the AHL. If so, it would break up the best mask duo in the league. Andersen will wear another logo-themed lid in 2015-16, this time with a Batman mask over a duck’s face. Gibson will have a mask based on Duck Hunt, the classic 8-bit Nintendo shooter game. 

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Video- Milan Lucic Is In Los Angeles

Milan Lucic met with the LA media today...

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

On whether he expected to be traded:

I didn’t really know what to expect. Obviously, with the change in the GM in Boston, obviously with the Bruins not making the playoffs, kind of talking about a transition of things moving forward. So, when you hear the rumors, especially now with social media, you know it’s kind of hard to get away from the rumors, you hear things floating around. I expected anything, I expected the unexpected and I mean, I definitely didn’t expect to get traded to a team like LA, but I couldn’t be happier to end up in a spot like this with a team like this, such a great organization with the success that they’ve had the last couple of years. I’m just hoping that I can come here and help the team out the best way I can, help them have some more success moving on in the future.


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The Milan Lucic Trade

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi's big moment came away from the draft floor with the Lucic trade.

"I do think every player on our team just grew three inches and put on 10 pounds of muscle," Lombardi said Friday on a conference call. "So that don't hurt."

The Bruins also will pick up $2.75 million of Lucic's $6-million salary for next season, no small issue in a world constrained by salary caps. Boston drafted Lucic, and he won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 but realized his days with the rebuilding organization were numbered when he started hearing trade rumors.

"I had a lot of mixed emotions in the last 48 hours," Lucic said in a telephone call from Kelowna, British Columbia. "I kind of had that nervous, anxious, excited, sad, all-in-one feeling, going on in my stomach this morning. Like something big was going to happen."

Lombardi, whose team missed the playoffs this past season after winning the Stanley Cup in 2014, looked at his organizational charts and boxes and seized the chance to check the power-forward/left wing box.

"It's the Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy-type trio that most people think is the ultimate-type line," Lombardi said of the Islanders icons. "We also wondered whether Gabby [Marian Gaborik] was better on the right [wing].

"To get a player like Clark Gillies, there's not many like this in the league, that can play with top players and bring that element."


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Milan Lucic Traded To The Los Angeles Kings


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Talk Of Milan Lucic Headed To The LA Kings


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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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Video- No Goal, Then A Goal For Milan Lucic

via the NHL Situation Blog,

At 1:41 of the first period in the Rangers/Bruins game, video review determined that the puck deflected off Milan Lucic's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Boston.

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The Boston Bruins Are Looking To Make A Move

from Nichols On Hockey,

Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning.

On the Boston Bruins:

“I think Boston is really trying hard to do something. Like, there was a rumor going around last night they were really trying to close a deal with Vermette. Some people I know who were at the world junior game from NHL teams had heard that. I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but that rumor was going around last night."

On if Milan Lucic is really available:

"The only thing I've heard about Lucic I think there's at least one team, I believe, that's asked about him and I don't think there was a deal to be made there. 


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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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Video- Milan Lucic And Dalton Prout Try To Settle Their Differences

Another round of Milan Lucic vs. Dalton Prout, Jack Edwards with the call.


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Milan Lucic And The Boston Bruins Prepare For The Columbus Blue Jackets Tonight

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Milan Lucic this morning as the Bruins prepare to play the Blue Jackets tonight...

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Video- Mark Scheifele Interfered By Milan Lucic

 Mark Scheifele forgot about keeping his head on a swivel and paid for it last night.  Two minutes for interference on Milan Lucic.

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Should The Boston Bruins Trade Milan Lucic?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There have been whispers of the Bruins and Blues circling each other for weeks now, but the initial scuttlebutt suggested something smaller was in the works—maybe a deal for the rights to malcontent center (and former Bruin) Vladimir Sobotka, who is currently plying his trade in the faltering KHL. But as the two teams struggle to meet preseason expectations, it's thought that the pot has gotten a little richer and could well include a swap of top-six wingers.

The appeal of Lucic to the Blues is obvious. If they hope to get past the Blackhawks, Ducks and Kings they need to be heavier up front. And Lucic, when he's on his game, is as heavy as they come.

Boston, meanwhile, needs someone that can help them set a higher pace. A bit of an edge would be nice, but speed and scoring touch are paramount. Oshie is struggling this season, but is coming off a 21-goal, 60-point campaign highlighted by his stunning performance in the Olympics for Team USA. He has the wheels and the tools to fill that hole.

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Morning Lines- Darryl Sutter And Milan Lucic

On St. Louis capitalizing on momentum:
I didn’t really see it like that. I think that we’ve got to get a save in there somewhere. It’s frustrating.

On the team having been strong at protecting leads:
It’s not the same team. It’s quite a bit different team on the back end, and I’ve said all along we need great goaltending.

LA Kings head coach Darryl Sutter after losing 5-2 to the St. Louis Blues, via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.

"things aren't coming easy for us--have to find a way to get some wins here. You look at the standings, we're behind the eight ball"

"hasn't been an easy year at all and we need to find ways to grind it out, start getting wins & start feeling good about ourselves"

-Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins after losing 3-2 to the Nashville Predators in a shootout.  Quotes via the Boston Bruins twitter account.

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