After a failed season in 2017-18, the Edmonton Oilers fanbase is hoping the team will do everything they can to upgrade the roster and make the team a Cup contender once again. The Oilers dropped 25 points from the 2016-17 season, and general manager Peter Chiarelli is being pushed to make immediate improvement, if not, he might be pushed out the door himself.
And moves may be coming as early as today. Gritty forward Milan Lucic has been on the trade block for the past months, and it has been reported by FOX Sports' Andy Strickland that the Oilers have a deal in place to move the veteran player.
Lucic initially signed a seven-year deal with the Oilers and he now has five more years left on that contract, any team looking to acquire him would be sacrificing $6 million against the cap over the course of those next five seasons. There's another complication as well for the Oilers as well: Chiarelli gave Lucic a full no movement clause when he signed his deal. That means that Lucic is in full control of the situation here...
Strickland has not mentioned for now what team has been linked to this pending trade for Lucic.
Recently, NHL insider on Sportsnet Elliotte Friedman noted the Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers had interest in Lucic when he was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent two years ago, suggesting the Oilers should approach them first on a potential trade. Friedman also explained how it's believed that Lucic might prefer a trade to a non-Canadian club.
There were also rumblings that the Montreal Canadiens had shown interest in the veteran forward, however, NHL insider Pierre LeBrun denied the information last week. While the Habs lost out in the bidding for his services two years ago, LeBrun has been told they are no longer interested in the gritty forward.
Back during the draft weekend, the Oilers general manager was asked whether Lucic had asked to be traded, he said he, “wouldn’t comment on that.” Many experts got the impression around the league that Chiarelli isn’t looking at a salary dump but instead prefers making a hockey trade.
And we might be on the verge of seeing his wish come true...
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