The Edmonton Oilers landed a player who should most definitely be there. Lucic could not express enough, how much he wanted to play with Connor McDavid. I don’t blame him. Now I know everyone is still shocked over the Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson trade, but still. Lucic is a dynamic player, who, when on his game is a force to be reckoned with.
There were a few things that drew him to Edmonton. First off, having ‘The Great One’ in Wayne Gretzky personally called Lucic and told him to go to Edmonton.”When the Great One calls you and tells you to go to Edmonton, you go to Edmonton.” Direct quote from Lucic himself. Second of all, Connor McDavid. Now I don’t think there is any doubt, and/or question about this. Having the opportunity to play with McDavid for the next seven years is something Milan is very happy about. I would be too. The kid is a stud.
Although, Lucic did want to ultimately stay in LA. But, term was a big deal to him, and they couldn’t give him the seven years the Oilers did. Peter Chiarelli is up to something here in Edmonton. He felt the pressure and need to shake-up the roster, and he did by trading Taylor Hall. Now, was that the right player to be moved? No. Personally, they should have moved Nugent-Hopkins or Eberle. But, Chiarelli has expressed that he likes Nugent-Hopkins a lot, as well as Jordan Eberle.
The Oilers have Lucic for the next seven seasons, while paying him $42 million. The AAV is $6 million. A lot of people think they overpaid for Lucic, I’m not one of those people. He’s worth the $6 million, just not over seven years. He’s 28 years old right now, making him 35 when his contract is up. For five years of that contract he will be over 30.
Milan Lucic is coming off a 55 point season with the LA Kings, where he played 81 games. He was a +26. Although, that is a really good Kings team. Not saying Lucic was carried or anything by that team, but can he get back to the 30-goal scorer he was in 2011 when the Bruins won the cup? You never know. With Connor McDavid as your center, it’s possible.
Even if McDavid isn’t his center, he still has Nugent-Hopkins, and Draisaitl. He abilities go past being the intimidation of the hockey game. He is a big-bodied power forward who can put the puck in the net. He is exactly what the Oilers need.
This is Milan Lucic
The signing reunites him with Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, who had Lucic when they were with the Boston Bruins, Chiarelli being the GM and Lucic a top-line power forward when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011.
This team is exciting. There will be more moves for sure though. Peter Chiarelli has already started the shake-up, so don’t be surprised if another big name gets sent packing.
Think about this;
The Oilers now have Milan Lucic, Patrick Maroon, Matt Hendricks and Zack Kassian. They are becoming a scary team to play against.