I mean... Just on the contracts alone, this is a really bad trade for Calgary. Idiotic, actually.
-If bought-out, the Lucic contract would save $2.5M. Neal's would save $7.7M
-Neal's AAV is $250k cheaper per year.
-Neal has no trade or movement protection, while Lucic's contract features a NMC.
-The Flames will be required to protect Lucic for the Seattle expansion. Neal wouldn't.
-I can't begin to guess what the up-side is for Calgary in this deal.
Agree James Neal has the better potential for a bounce back.
Then again, Lucic has been HEALTHIER than Neal the last few seasons...he just seemed, for whatever reason, unmotivated/disinterested, playing in Edmonton.
Will the more aggressive Calgary Flames bring back the Milan Lucic that played in Boston?
If so, and Neal finds his game again in Edmonton, could go from a bust to bust trade, to a win win.
Money is a wash, so its not really about cap relief.
Just trying to get two once
Don't worry bud. Enjoy the ride while it lasts. (um, might have said the same thing to my spouse on our wedding night...anyways)
In just a couple of months your team and personnel has improved a lot. And now Lucic gone...? Go and buy yourself a lottery ticket already!