Morning Free Association: Dodged a Bullet

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On Friday afternoon, word came through on Twitter that Milan Lucic waived his no trade clause and agreed to be traded to the Oilers’ Albertan rivals, the Calgary Flames, for James Neal. Well, actually the Flames also get a conditional 2020 draft pick as well.

In the deal, the Oilers retained 12.5% of Lucic’s salary over the remaining four years of his six-year deal- $750,000 our year for $3 million over four years.

What’s interesting is that both players are 31 years old and on the decline. Milan Lucic last produced over 50 points in 2015-16 with the LA Kings, afterward signing his bloated deal with the Peter Chiarelli-run Edmonton Oilers. Last season, he put up only 20 points. James Neal, had a terrible season in Calgary last year but has been a solid performer in the past, when he wasn’t injured.

When this trade was announced, a certain sect of Bruins fans wondered why we couldn’t trade David Backes for Lucic. It’s a dumb argument, right? Lucic will not produce much and his deal is two years longer! We don’t need 4 years of bad contracts, we just need to get rid of this two year deal that has the same cap hit but only $5 million remaining in actual salary. Even looking at the other side of that deal, getting Neal back wouldn’t help the B’s who need to shed some salary to be able to sign both McAvoy and Carlo. Could he perform like a 2nd line wing? Maybe, but the B’s can’t afford that.

Whatever those fans want for nostalgia’s sake, they don’t understand that we all dodged a bullet here.

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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

HI HOCKEY PALS

SORRY I’M LATE
IT’S MY BIRTHDAY AND I AM BACK FROM VACATION AND TRYING TO CATCH UP

HELP
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Also, while I was looking for a “waving the white flag” gif, I found this, which I enjoy
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The London Bear

Happy birthday Phony!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Lucic. Hahaha!!!!! Calgary will fix him, just like they fixed Dougie.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning. Totally agree. We couldn’t wait to get rid of him by the end. People have short/selective memories…

Little Bear’s school holiday has started and she’s gone to spend two weeks with my mom. Hopefully she doesn’t come back too spoilt!

On the last day of term they were allowed to take home the various work and stuff that had been stuck on the classroom wall over the year. One was a photo of her and her best friend together. They cut it in half and each took home each other’s photo. So sweet!

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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hi Pals!!!
Just back from four fun filled days up north!!!
Must work now. Ugh.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Flippin tired. Worked all weekend. When I wasn’t working I was watching the Picard trailer over and over and over again.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Was Lucic good at one point? Yes. Is he good anymore?comment image

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I will always remember Lucic fondly, but I don’t want him back

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