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Murphy: Lucic Needs To Be Part Of 2011 Bruins Reunion Tour

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Is Milan Lucic the missing link to the 2011 Boston Bruins reunion tour Bruins team president Cam Neely and general manager Don Sweeney are trying to book for the 2022-23 season?

Could Lucic be the key to the Bruins once again finding that grit and sandpaper Bruins fans have been longing for and the team could’ve used in the playoffs since the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs when Lucic threatened then Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin after the hated Habs beat the Bruins on TD Garden ice in Game 7 of the second round? If Sweeney can finally sign Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci before the 2022-23 regular season begins, then why not bring Lucic, a Neely throwback and a player Bruins fans still love back for the last hurrah of that famed 2011 Cup team?

Plenty of Boston Bruins past and present from the last 15 years reunited in Italy for former Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask‘s wedding this past week. From Rask, to Bergeron, to Krejci, to Brad Marchand, to Torey Krug, to Kevan Miller, to Adam McQuaid, to Charlie McAvoy, there was no shortage of not just the 2011 Bruins alumni but alumni from the 2013 and 2019 Stanley Cup teams that made it to the Stanley Cup Final. As one might expect for as tight knit a group as most of those Bruins teams were, the lads were having a grand time and partied as if they were still teammates. Lucic was living it up and more than happy to share the celebration and good times with fans.

It goes without saying that Milan Lucic isn’t the player that became the second coming of Neely when he arrived on the Boston scene in 2007-08 and scored 30 goals in the 2010-11 Stanley Cup season for the Boston Bruins. Or is he the player that went on to score 20 or more goals in four of his next six seasons played with the Bruins, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Is he worth the $6 million cap hit he carries for the final season of the seven-year contract he’s riding out?

Nope. However, according to one NHL source Sunday night, Flames general manager Brad Treliving could be willing to eat some of that cap hit if the Bruins sweetened the deal and he doesn’t get whacked on contracts for forward Andrew Mangiapane and defenseman Oliver Kylington, two RFA’s headed for arbitration.

“Depending on what happens with those guys – and if [Darryl] Sutter lets him go because he loves him – I think Brad is willing to get creative with ‘Looch’, the source told Boston Hockey Now.

Based on the time Lucic had with his former teammates at Rask’s wedding week, it’s pretty obvious he’d be willing to make the Boston Bruins one of the eight teams he’d be willing to be traded to under his modified no-trade clause.

So is this Sweeney and Neely to Bergeron, Krejci and Lucic tomorrow?

 

 

 

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Chris

Stop with this nonsense…

Bubba

One of the few good trades sweet pee made was dumping this fatso.

Hockeygenius

Yippee…now Sweeney get busy.

William Mahoney

Not a huge cost addition. Go for Lucic!

Thisisnt2011

Except for the 5 1/2 million dollar contract for a completely washed old veteran

Fred

Lucic was a decent player during his first few seasons. Then he became almost invisible and there were too many games where he did nothing. The last thing the Bruins need is another aging forward. Bergeron can still play but he’s not coming back. He would have signed already. Same for Krejci. All of this talk about Bergeron, Krejci, Kadri and Lucic is nothing more than a ploy by Neely, Sweeney and the Jacobs family to keep fan interest and sell tickets. Once they have the ticker sales they want, they will announce that the roster is staying as it… Read more »

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Thisisnt2011

No he absolutely doesn’t. You guys need to wake up. Lucic was terrible by the time we traded him and now it’s been like 7 years. He is signed to a 5+M albatross contract. You guys want Lucic from 2011 not Lucic from 11 years later. This management group has really made their fans stupid by dangling the emotional 2011 carrot in front of our faces for so long that we’re really falling for this stuff? I am consistently terrified by this fanbase

Bubba

The Boston fanbase drinks the koolaid jeremy jackass and the media crew gives them. I recall a few of them calling mushmind Marchand the best left wing on the planet LOL he’s good but he was never as good as Ovechkin

Bostonhockeyclickbait

Jimmy is such a perfect example of why the left love censorship so much 😂. Because without being able to automatically and conveniently silence their critics, they would actually have to face how stupid and unpopular their ideas are! No wonder!

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Fran

Lucic was not the “second coming” of Neely.

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