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

18:45  20 july  2019
18:45  20 july  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.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 We all knew that Lucic ’s deal would become problematic at some point during the seven years, but This deal is ultimately a swap of forwards with bad contracts in need of a change of scenery.

The Oilers acquired forward James Neal from the Flames in exchange for Milan Lucic . Here's how the deal stacks up for both sides. Mainly a strong off-ice presence, something that the Flames need more than anything given their youth; their average age is 26.7, which puts them among some of the

Now that the Milan Lucic-James Neal trade is complete, we can tell you how the deal ultimately came about© Gerry Thomas Milan Lucic of the Edmonton Oilers looks on from the bench against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Dec. 2, 2017 in Calgary.

Shortly after the Milan Lucic-James Neal trade was made on Friday afternoon, Oilers color commentator and Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer Tweeted out this mercurial statement:

“P layers are always the first to know ”.

His statement, Ironically or not, matches what I am led to believe is the rough script that led to this fascinating movie and just how it unfolded.

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

The Milan Lucic-James Neal trade included a potential game-changing provision The Flames and Oilers may have become pioneers in the ways of NHL trades on Friday, completing the Milan Lucic–James Neal trade 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,

The Oilers acquired forward James Neal from the Flames in exchange for Milan Lucic . Here's how the deal stacks up for both sides. Mainly a strong off-ice presence, something that the Flames need more than anything given their youth; their average age is 26.7, which puts them among some of the

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 With news breaking this afternoon that the Oilers and Flames pulled off a monster trade , Dusty jumped on the Internet machine for some instant

James Neal signed as a free agent with Calgary in 2018 shortly after the thrilling Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup run. Due to how late into the Spring the club played, Neal had a much shorter summer in which to train. When he showed up in Calgary in September he was behind. And according to those close to the club Neal never physically caught up. He struggled. When the patience of his head coach began to wear thin Neal’s ice-time was cut and his TOI with impact offensive players fell off. Sometime after the Flames exited from the playoffs, it was made clear that if possible…Neal and his contract would move on.

Despite his rocky stay in Edmonton, Milan Lucic never specifically requested a trade. He was always prepared to live up to his contract. But I’m told that he did communicate that if the right situation arose he would not stand in the way. The Canucks inquired about the availability of Lucic in advance of the NHL’s 2019 Free Agency day. But Vancouver insisted that Loui Eriksson and his own problematic contract be a part of any transaction involving Lucic. A club source confirms to me that the Oilers never had any deep interest in Eriksson. Talks led nowhere.

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

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly traded forward Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames for James Neal . All signs pointing to a Neal - Lucic deal coming to fruition. Got a tip trying to 100% verify but I'm being told @NHLFlames have traded James Neal to @EdmontonOilers for @27MilanLucic.

Milan Lucic . James Neal . YEAR. Lucic for Neal offers more flexibility. If the Oilers trade Neal at fifty-percent salary retention, that leaves a .875 cap hit for three seasons.

It was at that juncture, however, that I am led to believe that James Neal expressed a specific interest in going to Edmonton. I’m not positive to whom he or his camp did this. But things changed…

Shortly before July 1st the Oilers and Flames connected. Talks eventually progressed. At some point Edmonton put forth a scenario that the Oilers felt was enough to get the deal done. It was presented to Calgary and there it sat, for an undisclosed period. With a decision pending and in the face of some consternation among fans and reporters, veteran G.M. Ken Holland carefully created and set aside necessary cap space. Among the discussions: How to handle the pending $3m bonus owing to Lucic.

When the Milan Lucic contract was signed in 2016 it set out that annual bonuses be paid out on July 1 st . But the 2019 amount was not. Rather, two independent sources confirmed to me that the date for that specific payment was instead July 17 th , 2019. I subsequently reported that fact in my Sunday Cult of Hockey column 2+ weeks ago.

Iginla inspired Lucic to waive no-movement clause to join Flames

Iginla inspired Lucic to waive no-movement clause to join Flames Iginla inspired Lucic to waive no-movement clause to join Flames

Can confirm deal to send James Neal to Edm for Milan Lucic isn’t done yet, but is close. Oilers would include a conditional draft pick and retain some of Lucic ’s salary when its completed .

+ After weeks of speculation, the Battle of Alberta just got a whole lot more interesting. The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly traded Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames in exchange for James Neal . All signs pointing to a Neal - Lucic deal coming to fruition. Potential fresh start for both players.

At least one person publicly contradicted that report. They claimed on Twitter that “This is incorrect”. They quoted what the original contract read, which again…I don’t doubt for a second was the case. However, multiple sources insisted to me that the pay-out date was indeed the one that I reported. So? I stood by my sources.

The bonus in question was paid on July 17th.

Less than 48 hours later, the Lucic-Neal trade was consummated.

Meanwhile, as all the above was transpiring, James Neal has been working out all off-season with conditioning guru Gary Roberts…Neal bound and determined that there will not be a repeat of his shortened Summer of 2018.

Alongside Neal for much of that time at same Roberts’ camp? Connor McDavid.

As Bob Stauffer said, “ players are always the first to know ”.

Find me on Twitter @KurtLeavins

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"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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