— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 19, 2019
In conversation with George Johnson with the Calgary Flames, Lucic said he found the opportunity to be himself with the Flames appealing.
“Initially, I thought no way — but no way — am I going to the other side of the Battle of Alberta,” he said. “But after talking to Brad (Treliving), talking to Bill (Peters), talking to Geoff Ward who I spent seven years with in Boston, and some guys who’d played in Calgary, it seemed to sound like a place I wanted to go; where the fit was right.”
According to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis, the Oilers would include a conditional draft pick and retain some of Lucic’s salary when the deal is completed. Lucic waved his no-trade clause in the one-for-one deal.
Can confirm deal to send James Neal to Edm for Milan Lucic isn’t done yet, but is close. Oilers would include a conditional draft pick and retain some of Lucic’s salary when its completed
— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) July 19, 2019
Lucic, 31, has four seasons remaining on the seven-year, $42-million deal he signed with the Oilers in 2016.
— Milan Lucic (@27MilanLucic) July 19, 2019
Neal, also 31, joined the Flames in July 2018 and was expected to add an offensive punch in Calgary but struggled to find his scoring stride to match his $5.75-million cap hit. He, too, is signed through 2022-23.