Even though Milan Lucic
is getting closer to the end of his hockey career, it seems like he has his sights set on playing for one of the original six NHL teams.
Lucic, known for his toughness on the ice, may not score as many goals as before, but his physicality and understanding of the game make him valuable for any NHL team.
Lucic Interested in Joining the Leafs
Here's his statement:
"You can never rule anything out. Obviously, it's an original six franchise, a storied franchise. I've had my fair share of rivalries with the team and now with Brad Treliving coming in, there's some familiarity there, with him being the GM.
I became really good friends with Mark Giordano
, being teammates with him in Calgary, and he's told me how much he's enjoyed it and how much he's loved being in Toronto and being a Maple Leafs. I'm still good friends with Jake Muzzin and he had shared the same feelings and how great it is playing in Toronto and how great it is being a part of that organization.
And me, having experienced being on an original six team, there really is nothing like it.. when you're on an original six team, it means something a little bit different and, you know what, if there is an opportunity, I would definitely listen to it. Like I said, you never want to rule anything out and I'm sure I'll be getting a few calls and talking to a few teams moving forward here in the next couple of weeks." - Milan Lucic
Great Potential Addition for Toronto
The Leafs could benefit from Lucic's physicality and experience. His desire to play for an original six team and his current stage in his career might motivate him to raise his level of play.
He could follow Mark Giordano
's example and ask for a lower salary to help the Leafs become as strong as possible.
The Leafs would finally have some grit on their lineup.
Would you like to see Lucic playing for the Leafs?
As seen on Hockey Patrol - Lucic Expresses Interest In Playing For Leafs