What Milan Lucic stated a couple of potential return to Bruins in 2023


“Clearly it’s a particular place for me and it’ll all the time be a particular place for me.”

Calgary Flames left wing Milan Lucic celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, in Tempe, Ariz.
Calgary Flames left wing Milan Lucic celebrates with teammates after scoring a objective towards the Arizona Coyotes within the first interval throughout an NHL hockey sport, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photograph/Rick Scuteri) (AP Photograph/Rick Scuteri)

David Krejci’s return to the Bruins after a one-year stint in his native Czechia yielded spectacular returns for Boston throughout the 2022-23 season.

May one in all Krejci’s longtime linemates observe an identical script in 2023-24 after near a decade away from the Bruins?

Milan Lucic is ready to hit free company for the primary time in seven years, with the 35-year-old energy ahead seeking to land with one other contending staff at this stage of his profession.

The 2011 Stanley Cup champion and fan favourite amongst Bruins followers spoke to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun final week about his priorities earlier than free company formally commences on Saturday, July 1.

LeBrun famous {that a} reunion with Boston might make for an intriguing storyline, given each his ties to the world and the Bruins’ want so as to add expertise on reasonably priced, short-term contracts throughout this cap-crunched summer season.

“Clearly it’s a particular place for me and it’ll all the time be a particular place for me,” Lucic stated. “However we’ve received, what, 11 days to see what occurs (earlier than July 1)? We’ll see what occurs after which go from there.”

Lucic nonetheless stays near a lot of his former teammates, though he final donned a black-and-gold sweater throughout the 2014-15 season.

At his age, Lucic is now not a probable 30-goal scorer and top-six stalwart. However on the proper worth, he may very well be coveted by groups wanting so as to add a bit extra heft into their bottom-six grouping.

“Massive, heavy, veteran winger who ought to are available in on a one-year, low-money deal,” one nameless NHL staff govt instructed LeBrun about Lucic’s worth. “Any staff that wishes dimension and a worry ingredient will take a look at him.”

Lucic hasn’t topped the 20-goal threshold because the 2016-17 season, however he instructed LeBrun that he nonetheless extra left within the tank — particularly after serving to Canada take residence a gold medal on the 2023 IIHF World Championships (4 factors in 10 video games) in Might.

Lucic doled out 168 hits final season for the Flames whereas scoring seven objectives and posted 19 factors over 77 video games. He’s nonetheless one of many extra feared scrappers within the NHL, though his position has shifted into extra of a bruising fourth liner.

If Lucic was prepared to return on an inexpensive, one-year deal, Boston probably can be intrigued.

However on condition that velocity on the ahead place has been a trademark of many Cup-winning rosters over the previous few seasons, one has to surprise if Lucic has the wheels to make an influence throughout the frantic play discovered throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

If Boston is on the lookout for a lane to include speedy, younger skaters like Jakub Lauko or Johnny Beecher, the fourth line is a superb place to start out.

Boston might decide to retrofit Lucic into extra of a thirteenth ahead able to being known as on when a extra bodily tone must be set. However it stays to seen if Lucic settles for a lowered position, particularly given he ought to have extra interesting presents on the open market.

“The primary factor is match,” Lucic instructed LeBrun. “What’s my position going to be on a staff? How will the coach use me? Who will I play with? All that sort of stuff. If all that works out very well, then you definately’re completely satisfied going to the rink, and when you’re completely satisfied going to the rink, you’re enjoying higher and also you’re enjoying on the prime of your sport.”