Milan Lucic signs seven-year contract with Oilers
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Left wing Milan Lucic signed a seven-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Financial terms were not released, but ESPN reported the total value of the contract to be $42 million, an average annual value of $6 million.
Lucic, 28, had 20 goals and 55 points in 81 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season.
The signing reunites him with Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli, who had Lucic when they were with the Boston Bruins. Chiarelli was the GM and Lucic a top-line power forward when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011.
"Being with Peter in Boston, what he was able to do with us there, adding the right pieces at the right time and my loyalty towards him made the ultimate decision and I'm just excited to get going and see what we can do moving forward," Lucic said on Sportsnet.
Lucic said the opportunity to possibly play with center Connor McDavid and the other young Oilers forwards was enticing.
"Now I get another opportunity, whether I'm on his line or not, to play with a great player here, whether it's McDavid, [Ryan] Nugent-Hopkins or [Leon] Draisaitl," Lucic said. "They're all really good centermen. My abilities goes further than just the intimidation factor. I believe in that and that's what I know I can bring to the Oilers.
"I think the Oilers have been missing a little bit of attitude and a little bit of swagger over the last couple of years, and that's something that I bring to a team as well. ... I'm excited for another fresh start as well."
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The Kings acquired Lucic from the Bruins in June 2015 in a trade for goaltender Martin Jones, defenseman Colin Miller and their first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.