With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding free agency the past 24 hours, the spotlight has dimmed on the NHL’s trade market. Sure, there was the late night trade between the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues that saw Ryan O’Reilly, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka change localities, but other than that it’s been radio silence in regards to the NHL’s top trade targets.
There’s no word out of Ottawa on the trade status of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson. Ditto for the Carolina Hurricanes and forward Jeff Skinner. Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic has been the target of trade rumors and wild trade speculation for months, but there’s been no indication of a Lucic deal since Fox Sports’ Andry Strickland reported last week that the Oilers had a deal in place:
Some rumblings Oilers have deal in place to move Lucic. We shall see
Obviously that deal never came to fruition and all we can do now is speculate as to what the deal was and why it fell apart.
On the opening day of free agency however, Boston Bruins insider Joe Haggerty dropped a bomb on both Bruins and Oilers fans, reporting that a reunion between the Bruins and Lucic could be in the works. Say what!??
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There were even some hockey sources wondering if the Bruins could revisit Krug-Klefbom trade talks with the Edmonton Oilers if it meant Milan Lucic (with the Oilers picking up a good chunk of his contract) making a triumphant return to Boston…
Haggerty goes on to call the potential transaction a “remote possibility”, but could you imagine the reaction from the Bruins fanbase if the team were to welcome back Lucic at say, half of his salary?
It’s worth pointing out that Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has swung and missed out on free agent targets John Tavares and Ilya Kovalchuk. It still remains to be seen what happens with Rick Nash as well, as it’s being reported that the veteran winger is considering retirement.
If the Bruins are looking to add some more offensive punch, Lucic could be their best bet. No doubt he’ll come cheap as Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli would surely love to simply unload Lucic’s $6 million annual salary from his team’s books.