The Edmonton Oilers traded Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames for James Neal on Friday, according to multiple online reports.
Lucic had six goals and 14 assists with a minus-9 defensive rating over 79 games with the Oilers last season. The winger signed a seven-year, $42-million contract (all dollars U.S.) with Edmonton on July 1, 2016 but hasn’t lived up to that hefty price tag.
Neal had seven goals and 12 assists with a minus-5 rating in 63 games for Calgary last season. Like Lucic, Neal was a big-name free agent signing for Calgary last summer, but didn’t meet expectations after agreeing to a five-year, $28.75-million deal last July. The winger’s seven goals last season was the fewest he had scored in his 11 NHL seasons.