Oilers land James Neal for Milan Lucic in trade with Flames

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.

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