Milan Lucic traded to the Flames for James Neal

Tanya Simon
July 20, 2019

Milan Lucic was traded to the Calgary Flames by the Edmonton Oilers for James Neal.

The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired forward Milan Lucic from the Edmonton Oilers along with a conditional third round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for forward James Neal.

Lucic, 31, signed a seven-year, $42 million free-agent deal with the Oilers in July 2016 as a physical forward to play with young star Connor McDavid.

His six goals were the fewest he has scored in 12 National Hockey League seasons and his 20 points tied his fewest.

An early report questioned whether other players or draft picks would be would be involved, but its is being reported that the Alberta rival will swap the veteran forwards who both had disappointing seasons on 2018-19. Like Lucic, Neal has four more years left on his contract, but he has a smaller cap hit of $5.75 million. Edmonton missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

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Neal was signed by the Flames last July and lasted just one year in Calgary.

Lucic signed in Edmonton ahead of the 2016-17 season and scored 23 goals and 50 points in his first season with the club, helping lead them to the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

Lucic had six goals and 14 assists with a minus-9 defensive rating over 79 games with the Oilers last season.

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