Got a tip trying to 100% verify but I'm being told @NHLFlames have traded James Neal to @EdmontonOilers for @27MilanLucic. May be other players involved. If I'm wrong my apologies to Neal/Lucic and the teams..— Gene Principe (@GenePrincipe) July 19, 2019
We’ve got to find the details, but oh wow. It sure sounds like Milan Lucic is headed to Calgary.
Stay tuned for more details.
UPDATE: Milan Lucic for James Neal. It’s a deal. Waiting on salary retention / picks if any.
UPDATE 2: Oilers will retain 12.5% of Lucic's salary (750k * 4), conditional third round pick included.
This is a huge deal. Getting Lucic on to greener pastures and off Edmonton's cap is a big deal. Neal will be coming off a year where he shot just over 4%.
And if he doesn't work out? The Lucic buyout would be untenable. Neal would be a 2MM buyout for six years. That's not good, but it's not 3 years at 5MM like Lucic.
Solid, all around.