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Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland explains Flames will receive a 2020 third-round pick if two conditions are met

by Tony Brar /

EDMONTON, AB - On Friday, President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland acquired forward James Neal in exchange for Milan Lucic and a 2020 conditional third-round pick. 

The conditions are as follows: 

  • Two conditions have to be met for the Edmonton Oilers to send a 2020 third-round pick to the Calgary Flames
  1. Oilers forward James Neal has to record at least 21 goals in the 2019-20 season
  2. Flames forward Milan Lucic scores at least 10 fewer goals than James Neal in the 2019-20 season
  • If only one or none of the conditions are met, the Edmonton Oilers will not be sending a draft pick to the Calgary Flames as part of the July 19th trade

Holland on the conditions of the trade: "You look at the money they're both making with term, and it's similar money. Then you look at the different structures, and there are two different structures. There's a completely different structure on the Neal contract than there is on the Lucic contract.

"Calgary appears to have their top-six set in stone more than the Oilers do at this time when you look at the year they had last year and the players they have, so there's a little bit more opportunity for someone to come in here to Edmonton and play on some of the power-play units and play with some of our offensive players. The deal was put into place factoring in the opportunity, the structures of the contracts, and ultimately we worked our way to the deal because it has to work for both sides. It can't be a deal that's one-sided; it has to be a deal that both feel good about.

"So certainly, Brad Treliving and Ken Holland feel good today that they were able to put together a deal that's beneficial to both teams."

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