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Friedman explores Lucic trade dynamics

Chris Nichols

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(Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

Milan Lucic trade speculation has been fairly steady over the past week, and it’s sounding like this is a situation that could be resolved before too long.

Elliotte Friedman chipped in his latest thoughts during a Tuesday afternoon radio hit on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650, where he was asked which teams might be interested in the rugged winger and what sort of sweetener would need to be included.

“Well, you know it sounds to me like – and I haven’t spoken to anyone in Edmonton – but it sounds to me from the people who have kind of either spoken to them or spoken to teams who have spoken to them that the Oilers are somewhat confident that they’re going to be able to do this. I’m not there. I assumed there was going to have to be a sweetener, whether a draft pick or eating money, or taking back a bad contract. But it sounds like Edmonton is reasonably confident.

“To me the thing is who are the teams that liked him. You guys liked him, Florida liked him, Dallas liked him. Dallas invited him there, they were in there right at the end when Edmonton got him. I think you go to those teams first and say, ‘Okay, what’s the interest level.’ And then after that’s done you basically start calling everywhere else.

“One of the things that I’m kind of curious about is where does Lucic want to go. This is the tough thing that teams do complain about – the player’s got the power and he says, ‘I want you to trade me,’ and then he says, ‘Well, I only want to go here, here, here, and here.’ The one thing I haven’t figured out yet is he willing to go just about anywhere.

“I think he wants to get out of Canada. I don’t think he wants to play here anymore. I think that’s another situation where the wife has seen how much heat the player has taken, I think, and isn’t always comfortable with that. I think he wants to get out of Canada, but you’ve got to find a willing partner and even if I wanted Lucic I would be saying to the Oilers, ‘What premium are you going to be giving me to do it.’ “

Lucic has five years left on his contract, which carries a $6 million cap hit and includes a no-move clause.

NHL Insiders. 17-year digital media hockey career includes a combined decade online with Sportsnet and ESPN.

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