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Kings forward Lucic preparing for free agency: report

Agent says re-signing with Los Angeles is first choice but no contract has been discussed

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Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic would like to remain with the Kings but a new contract has not been discussed and he is preparing for free agency, his agent told NEWS 1130 in Vancouver on Monday.

Lucic can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"Milan Lucic would love to re-sign with the Kings but is preparing for July 1 as well," agent Gerry Johansson said during an interview with the radio station.

The Kings acquired Lucic from the Boston Bruins in a trade for goalie Martin Jones, defenseman Colin Miller and the No. 13 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, on June 26, 2015. He had 20 goals and 55 points in 81 regular-season games and three points in five Stanley Cup Playoff games this season.

Los Angeles was eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in five games in the Western Conference First Round.

"It didn't finish the way we were hoping," Lucic said April 24, the day the Kings cleaned out their lockers. "But when you look at the season as a whole, for myself, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the move to [Los Angeles] and living here and being a part of this organization."

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said May 6 that talks were moving slowly.

"Good kid and a great fit," he said of Lucic. "There's still some work to be done here. I don't see anything quickly on the horizon."

Lucic, 27, spent his previous eight seasons in Boston and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2011 and reach the Cup Final in 2013. In nine seasons, he has 159 goals and 397 points in 647 regular-season games with the Bruins and Kings.

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