Imminent trade for Milan Lucic!?

Another regretful trade in Edmonton?

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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.  

It seems that the time has come and an imminent move might be underway in Edmonton. TSN's Pierre LeBrun reports there are trade conversations going on between the Oilers and other teams regarding Oilers veteran left wing Milan Lucic. However, one thing needed to be made clear: while the Montreal Canadiens  lost out in the bidding for his services two years ago, LeBrun has been told they are no longer interested in the gritty forward. 

There is also another twist to the trade chatter surrounding Lucic. LeBrun added the impression around the league is Chiarelli isn’t looking at a salary dump but instead prefers making a hockey trade. The NHL insider also speculates that could be because Lucic is suggesting a change of scenery...

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, however, the latest report hinting that he may want a change a scenery is a plus for Edmonton. 

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.

If Chiarelli really wants to make a complete hockey trade and not retain any money from Lucic's deal, he might have to take on a toxic contract himself... 

Let's just hope for Oilers fans this will not be another hockey trade Edmonton will regret...