FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Milan Lucic
is playing the waiting game.
With the draft hours away and speculation — perhaps most of which is incorrect – growing at its typical rate, the 27-year-old is unsure of whether he will be dealt. The sides have not been in touch, so Lucic does not know the team’s intentions.
Lucic has submitted a list of 15 teams to which he would accept a trade, as requested by Don Sweeney, though the general manager noted Thursday that he has gotten lists from every Bruins player with a partial no-trade. That group consists of Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Brad Marchand and Chris Kelly.
Lucic confirmed to WEEI.com Friday that the Canucks are on his list of acceptable teams, as first reported by Dhiren Mahiban of the Canadian Press. Lucic grew up in Vancouver and played both minor and junior hockey in the area, most notably starring for the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League from 2005 to 2007.
Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reported Friday that the Sharks, Kings and Ducks are also on Lucic’s list. The other 11 teams are unknown.
Lucic is entering the final year of a three-year contract that commands a $6 million cap hit. Because of Boston’s desire for cap flexibility and uncertainty as to what Lucic might command on his next deal, Lucic could be a trade candidate.
Sweeney said last month that he intended to get a feel for Lucic’s contract demands before deciding how to proceed. It is believed that Sweeney and Lucic’s agent have not had any contract talks of substance.