Goodbye, Boston Bruins and hello, Los Angeles Kings!
This seemed to be the drama of top-line left wing Milan Lucic when he joined the big roster of Kings on Friday. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi is thrilled with the Lucic trade.
Significantly, the Kings acquired the 6-foot-4-tall left wing in a trade with the Bruins. In return, the latter received the Kings’ top draft choice (No. 13 overall), backup goalie Martin Jones and minor league defenseman Colin Miller.
The trade came several hours before the NHL’s entry draft in Sunrise, Florida. Well, Bruins fans weren’t happy with what GM Don Sweeney did—trading Lucic and Dougie Hamilton! Could the Bruins be wrong in doing such unexpected move?
Previously, the hard-hitting Lucic spent all eight of his seasons with the B’s. He had 139 goals and 203 assists in 566 regular-season games. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011, and now, he’s joining a team with two championships in the past four years.
However, for a three-time 20-goal scorer, it was a little disappointing on Lucic’s part when he only had 18 goals and 26 assists in 81 games last season. That didn’t help his bid to get a new contract with the Bruins, and he carried a $6 million salary cap hit this season in the final year of his deal.
Now that Milan is with Lombardi’s team, his scoring ability and toughness are expected to be seen in the next NHL season. Kings, who missed the postseason as the defending Stanley Cup champions this spring, would want to ensure their part in the next playoffs, of course with the help of the left-winger Lucic.
Well, the Bruins also missed the postseason, so the 27-year-old Milan is just as rested as his new teammates.
“I think in a way, it’s a good thing going into next season that they didn’t make the playoffs. It gives the players a good chance to get their rest and get re-energized and back into tip-top shape and refocused and hungry again,” the former B’s player said.
It looks like the newly traded Lucic is now ready to play with his new teammates. He looks forward to playing with Anze Kopitar, Clark Gillies, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy and Gabby Gaborik. Who knows, he could be a true asset in the Kings’ side. After all, Lombardi wouldn’t sign him in if the Kings boss didn’t see him as such.
Let’s see what Lucic has got for his new squad. We certainly look forward to seeing him as a more aggressive scorer this year. Hopefully, we can count on that!