Left wing Milan Lucic has signed a 7-year, $42 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. His contract includes an AAV of $6 million and he will stay with the team until 2023. Lucic has previously spent eight years with the Boston Bruins and one with the Los Angeles Kings. Lucic had 20 goals and 55 points in 81 games with the Kings last season.
Milan Lucic has signed with the Edmonton Oilers, source confirms
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Milan Lucic Signs with the Edmonton Oilers
Lucic began his NHL career in 2008, after being drafted from the Memorial Cup Champion Vancouver Giants. He played in Boston for eight seasons, winning the Stanley Cup in his third year with the team.
During his time in Boston, Milan Lucic was consistently at the top of the sheet for both goals and penalty minutes, including a career-high 30 goals in the team’s Championship season and 24 in the 2013-14 season.
After a lackluster 2014-15 season, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney made the choice to send Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Martin Jones, defenseman Colin Miller, and the Kings’ 13th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, which was used to select Jakub Zboril. Jones was later traded to the San Jose Sharks for the rights to prospect Sean Kuraly and their first-round pick in the 2016 draft.
The 28-year-old Lucic expressed interest in returning to Los Angeles, but there were also rumors that he may sign with the Vancouver Canucks, the team he grew up rooting for, in order to be closer to his family, particularly after the loss of his father in 2015.
While he has faced his share of controversy in the past, Lucic plays a physical game, using his substantial size to his advantage in a way that will benefit his new team on both ends of the ice.