Report: Edmonton Oilers Milan Lucic Traded to Calgary Flames For James Neal

Milan Lucic
VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 28: Edmonton Oilers Left Wing Milan Lucic (27) celebrates his third period empty net goal in front of Vancouver Canucks Defenceman Alexander Edler (23) during a NHL hockey game on October 28, 2016, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. Edmonton won 2-0. (Photo by Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) (Photo by Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

There are reports that the Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward James Neal. Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet is reporting it may be one for one.

Edmonton Oilers Trade Milan Lucic

Key Players

In Milan Lucic, the Flames acquire a big forward who has the potential to put up 15-20 goals a season. Last season, he scored 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points in 82 games. He also added 80 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 51.6 percent Corsi-for with a relative Corsi of +1. These totals are worse than two years ago when he put up 23 goals and 27 goals for 50 points in 82 games.

Over his 11-year NHL career, Lucic has played for the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, and Edmonton Oilers. He has scored 192 goals and added 289 assists for 481 career points in 811 NHL games. Lucic has also added 28 goals and 42 assists for 70 points in 142 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was part of the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team. Lucic was originally drafted in the second round, 50th overall in the 2006 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins.

The Oilers get James Neal, a player who signed a big contract but struggled to produce this past year. He had just 7 goals and 12 assists in 63 games last season. His lowest point total ever in his 12-year career.

What This Means for the Future

Lucic still has four years left on his seven-year $42 million dollar contract so he will be with his new team for the next few years. Lucic has the ability to be a bottom-six winger for his new club. They add a winger who can bring physicality. Lucic led the Oilers last year in hits with 254 hits. It will be interesting to see how Lucic fits in with the Flames. As for Neal, he also has a long contract left and will look to revive his career in Edmonton.

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