The Edmonton Oilers have dealt Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames for fellow veteran forward James Neal.
The Flames confirmed the deal on Friday night.
Calgary also gets a conditional third round pick in the 2020 NHL draft. Edmonton will also retain 12.5 per cent of Lucic’s remaining contract.
Lucic signed a seven-year, US$ 42-million contract with Edmonton on July 1, 2016, but hasn’t lived up to that hefty price tag.
He had six goals and 14 assists with a minus-9 defensive rating over 79 games with the Oilers last season.
After the trade was made official Lucic tweeted a photo of a Flames jersey with his name and No. 17 on the back.
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 July 2, 2018.
His seven goals last season was the fewest he had scored in his 11 NHL seasons and he was a healthy scratch in Game 5 of the Flames’ opening-round loss to the Colorado Avalanche in this year’s playoffs.
“That was hard,” Neal said a few days after the Flames were eliminated. “I’ve never had to go through that in my career.
“I want to be a top-six guy who is counted on to score big goals and be an impact player. I’ve been like that my whole career.”
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