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Lucic Back To Bruins Trade Rumors Trending Again

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Four days after Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, two key players from the 2011 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup team, signed one-year contracts this past Monday, the Milan Lucic back to the NHL trade rumors picked up steam again Friday night.

Rear Admiral of Barstool Sports dropped this cryptic tweet regarding the former Boston Bruins fan favorite and current Calgary Flames winger:

This comes just two weeks after it was half-jokingly suggested by yours truly that if Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was to finally bring back Krejci from a year spent playing in Czechia and sign Bergeron, then why not bring the band back together and acquire Milan Lucic on the NHL trade market. It’s no secret that Lucic and his $6 million salary cap hit have and continue to be available on the NHL trade market and after it was made clear at Tuukka Rask’s wedding two weeks ago, that Lucic, Bergeron, Krejci, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak still share a special bond, why not have that chemistry back on the ice?

Well, the obvious answer is of course that aforementioned $6 million cap hit and the Bruins also now being $2.2 million over the $82.5 million NHL salary cap. Also, Lucic isn’t exactly that rare power forward type anymore on the ice as his best days passed him by shortly after he signed his current seven-year, $42 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers back in 2016. Still though, what if the Flames were willing to eat a respectable portion of that $6 million cap hit in a trade with the Bruins?

According to one NHL source just under two weeks ago, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving could be willing to eat some of that cap hit if the Bruins sweetened the deal and he didn’t get whacked on contracts for forward Andrew Mangiapane and defenseman Oliver Kylington, two RFA’s headed for arbitration. Since then, Mangiapane signed a three-year, $17.4 million contract ($5.8M AAV), and Kylington signed a two-year, $5 million contract ($2.5 AAV). The Flames are now $2.7 million below the salary cap.

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Our man on the Flames beat for Calgary Hockey Now, Steve Macfarlane addressed the Lucic NHL trade rumors Friday night:

‘Lucic was a strong piece of the leadership core in Calgary last season. And while his salary-cap hit is a significant burden, it comes off the books next year and largely eats up the big Jonathan Huberdeau raise.

There’s no urgent need to move him.

Unless they’re looking to add another larger salary, of course.

We know the Calgary Flames are looking to compete for a Stanley Cup sooner and worry about the later … later.’

Based on that theory, it doesn’t sound like the NHL Betting Odds that the Bruins would be a fit in any Lucic trade given their salary cap woes are low, but stranger things have happened. For now Bruins fans who want Lucic back will have to just keep dreaming of 2011.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Fred

The last thing the Bruins need is another old forward whose best days a long behind him. Haven’t they learned anything from past deals such as Rick Nash, David Backes and Nick Foligno?

Orrfan

While I agree it’s hard to imagine what Foligno brings to this team, the loss of Chara and Kevan Miller and Jeremy Lauzon have left the Bruins with less snarl than at any time in recent memory. Aside from Trent Frederic, who on the Bruins can “enforce” when other teams come after players like Pastrnak, or if youngsters like Lysell join the team?
There could be some real value in having Looch around again, looking out for his teammates, if nothing else.

Rick W Murray

At first when I heard about Milan coming back I was totally against it.
but if it’s an even exchange for the human pylon Foligno I’m for it.
Milan still got a little left …..Foligno? Watching Nick is like watching a 1938 Studabaker go against 2022 Corvette. When you see him play it is in increasingly painful. if Nick is even in the lineup next year I won’t be watching. Cause If Foligno plays that means the bruins are thinner in talent than I had originally. Thought.

DonkaDoo

It would be nice to have some toughness. Someone the rest of the league feared. I hate to see people take liberties with Bergeron.

William Mahoney

Lucic is a real Bruiin in the traditional mold- Sign him!

Ernest King

Friend, it’s easy to just say “Sign Him” BUT Calgary would have to take on some of that 6 million dollar cap hit..Bruins are already 2 million over the cap so a couple things would have to happen in order to get Lucic back in Boston..NO WAY would Calgary take a swap of Foligno and Smith for Lucic..SO Bruins would have to sweeten the deal by sending a prospect or maybe a 2nd rounder to boot..That’s just not gonna happen..I love Lucic but he;s not worth half his contract..

Mrbruin4

Sounds great. But. Never happening

Ernest King

I agree, not gonna happen..Just too bad Lucic’s contract didnt run out before this season instead of after..

Striperskin

Please no no no

Daniel Kenny

Lucic is awful. He can’t skate. He can’t score. The only thing he can do now is throw cheap shots at younger players who take his puck away from him. I can’t see any reason for this to happen. Sweeney has drafted better than this trade would be! And we see how well his drafting has been.

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