One year ago, I never would have expected to type anything remotely related to the Oilers and Milan Lucic. Today is a different day, as the Oilers traded Taylor Hall two days ago. Today, they gave that money to Milan Lucic.
I'm a little surprised it didn't cost more.
Lucic has signed a seven year deal with the Edmonton Oilers for 42 million dollars. Unlike Hall, Lucic comes with a full no-movement clause, with a modified no-trade in his last two. He'll almost certainly be inserted onto the first line, where he'll likely see time with Connor McDavid. Lucic had expressed great interest in coming to Edmonton in order to play with Connor McDavid.
Milan Lucic is a get. He's a damn good two way hockey player, but unfortunately, he's no Taylor Hall. He's 28 years of age, and probably has about three or four good years left in him. I don't want to be around for Thirty Four Years of Age Milan Lucic, but here we are.
Edmonton found their replacement for Taylor Hall today, and he'll be an Oiler until the end of the 2023 season.
Maybe this year it'll be different. Maybe.