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SportsThe Milan Lucic-James Neal trade included a potential game-changing provision

14:25  20 july  2019
14:25  20 july  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Report: Oilers trade Lucic to Flames for Neal

Report: Oilers trade Lucic to Flames for Neal The Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward James Neal, reports Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. 

Milan Lucic days as a @EdmontonOilers are over. With Lucic waving his no move clause it opens up the trade to @NHLFlames. Beyond the change of scenery thing, Neal ’s contract would be much easier to buy out than Lucic ’s buyout-proof deal. If the Oilers were to buy out Neal next June during

After talking about a potential Milan Lucic trade for a couple of summers now, Ken Holland finally pulled the trigger on a trade that will see the big man heading down Highway 2 to Calgary in exchange for "The Real Deal" James Neal . How did this happen? Dustin Nielson has the breakdown.

The Milan Lucic-James Neal trade included a potential game-changing provision© Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Flames and Oilers may have become pioneers in the ways of NHL trades on Friday, completing the Milan LucicJames Nealtrade with an extraordinary condition on the draft pick included by Edmonton. In addition to sending Lucic to Calgary, the Oilers also retained part of his salary and added a conditional 2020 third-round pick to the deal. It took some time, even after the formal announcement, to reveal what those conditions were.

The first, which is very specific but not unheard of, is that Neal must score 21 goals next season. The second is somewhat more convoluted: Neal must also score 10-plus more goals than Lucic next season as well. By all accounts, a conditional pick transfer based on two players’ performances relative to one another has never before been attempted in the NHL.

Now that the Milan Lucic-James Neal trade is complete, we can tell you how the deal ultimately came about

Now that the Milan Lucic-James Neal trade is complete, we can tell you how the deal ultimately came about Now that the Milan Lucic-James Neal trade is complete, we can tell you how the deal ultimately came about

The Oilers acquired forward James Neal from the Flames in exchange for Milan Lucic . The trade from the Flames side isn't the worst; Neal didn't fit in their systems or necessarily fulfill their MORE: Can Cam Talbot find his game with the Flames? With Lucic , the Flames get another older guy in the

The Oilers acquired forward James Neal from the Flames in exchange for Milan Lucic . The trade from the Flames side isn't the worst; Neal didn't fit in their systems or necessarily fulfill their MORE: Can Cam Talbot find his game with the Flames? With Lucic , the Flames get another older guy in the

Yet, it has immediately turned some heads and has many asking whether this is the future of trading. Will we begin to see other general managers hedging their bets by sending conditional picks based on whether or not the trade works out as expected?

If both teams agree to the deal, wagering on whether one player will outperform the other, then there does not seem to be a problem. It can be added insurance for the team adding the player who would be expected to be better on paper, while being a nice scenario for the other, who either get a draft pick or an unexpectedly strong performance out of their new acquisition. It seems to be a classic win-win-win, wherein both teams win and we the viewers win by having another storyline to follow throughout the year. The Flames and Oilers may have opened the door to a new line of through when it comes to conditional draft picks.

NHL commentators with rave reviews for Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland on Milan Lucic trade

NHL commentators with rave reviews for Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland on Milan Lucic trade NHL commentators with rave reviews for Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland on Milan Lucic trade

Milan Lucic was traded to the Calgary Flames by the Edmonton Oilers for James Neal . Calgary also receives a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 Neal had 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in 63 games in the first season of a five-year contract the 31-year-old forward signed with the Flames on

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  • Now that Lucic and Neal are on new teams, the question becomes how long will they stay in these new locales if their play does not improve. Many thought the Oilers would never be able to trade Lucic’s contract, so it’s hard to imagine that the Flames would be able to if his struggles continue next season. However, a buyout remains an unsavory idea next off-season as well. The move would cost Calgary $4.8M/$3.5M/$4.8M in the first three years, which is hardly a savings from his now-adjusted $5.25M cap hit. Neal is another matter on both both points, though. Even if Neal has another bad season, one would imagine that his trade value would not be totally gone considering the astonishing consistency he played with for most of his career until landing with the Flames. An Oilers team that could very well miss the playoffs again next season may not be a fair metric either as to whether or not Neal is truly done. However, if a trade market does not develop, a Neal buyout is somewhat palatable for Edmonton. Next summer, a buyout would cost $1.92M each year for six years. It’s not an ideal scenario, but for a cap-strapped team looking to open their championship window, a penalty of less than $2M for six years may not hurt as badly as $5.75M for three years.
  • Now that this trade is final, the rumors of a Lucic-Loui Eriksson swap can finally be put to rest. One of the most popular rumors this offseason, the disgruntled Eriksson wanted out of Vancouver and Lucic was open to the idea of a return to his hometown, prompting many to suggest the former Boston Bruins stars could be exchanged for one another. Yet, Sportsnet’s Rick Dhaliwal asked Lucic on Friday if at any point he had been approached about waiving his No-Movement Clause for a move to the Canucks. His response: “No never. There was never a trade to Vancouver as far as I’m concerned.” It seems that a deal, including Eriksson or anyone else, never actually came together to bring the native power forward home. Lucic is in Calgary now, but Eriksson and the Canucks are both still hoping to find a new home for the veteran forward before next season.

"I just don't get it": Calgary sports talk radio upset over Lucic trade.
There are few better ways to take the temperature of a fanbase than by listening to that city’s main sports talk radio shows, which is why I listened in to Calgary’s “Boomer and Warrener In the Morning” podcast from July 22 to get a sense of how the Milan Lucic for James Neal trade is going down there. In two words: not well. In four five words: not freakin’ well at all. They appear to be in a state of upset and disbelief in Calgary over the deal, mitigated only by moments of wishful thinking and disgust with the play of Neal in his one and only forgetable season in Calgary.

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