Milan Lucic's Fate with the Flames has been Revealed
BY JULIEN TREKKER JUNE 21, 2023 (11:29)
Lucic Out of Calgary
Based on various online sources, we've learned that Milan Lucic won't be offered a new contract by the Flames. This means he will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time since 2016.
What makes this situation interesting is that the Flames have allowed Lucic to explore other teams' options before the official free agency period begins on July 1st. This information comes from Rick Dhaliwal, an insider for the Vancouver Canucks.
Lucic in Vancouver?
Lucic was born and raised there in Vancouver. He has fond memories of winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, raising it high above his head. Dhaliwal suggests that the Canucks might be interested in signing this local hero.
Lately, the Canucks have freed up a significant amount of money, around $6 million, by buying out Oliver Ekman-Larsson's contract. It appears they plan to search for new players in the free-agent market to strengthen their team. It's unclear where Lucic would fit into their plans, but he would be a valuable addition if they can secure a reasonably priced and short-term deal.
Ultimately, the main factor to consider here is the financial aspect. Unless Lucic is willing to accept a contract close to the league's minimum wage for one or two years, it's unlikely that the Canucks or any other NHL teams will show significant interest.
As seen on Hockey Feed - Lucic is officially done with the Calgary Flames