Oilers trade Milan Lucic, conditional draft pick to Flames for James Neal
The Edmonton Oilers confirmed Friday night that the team has traded forward Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames along with a conditional third-round pick in exchange for forward James Neal.
Lucic, 31, signed a seven-year, $42-million contract in 2016. He scored 16 goals in 161 games for the Oilers.
Neal, also 31, is entering his second year of a five-year, $28-million contract. Neil scored seven goals in his lone season in Calgary. Despite the poor numbers, TSN 1260's Jason Gregor thinks the Oilers won the trade.
"This guy is a legit 24-25 goal scorer," Gregor said about Neal. "Yes, last year wasn’t good in Calgary…so I think Edmonton looks at that as a one-off."
On Lucic, Gregor said: "Clearly he had no confidence in Edmonton, there's no doubt…Calgary makes this trade, from what I'm hearing, because they wanted a little more grit in their game and they feel Lucic can contribute something."