The Los Angeles Kings paid a premium for winger Milan Lucic in the summer of 2015, and his 20 goal season for the club in his first season outside of the Boston Bruins left the Kings wanting to bring him back.
Lucic, it seems, wants to come back as well; reports earlier in the offseason had the left winger stating he was looking for something long-term that would keep him in Southern California for the next handful of years.
Cost, though, seemed to be an issue; the Kings are working with limited cap space this offseason, and Lucic should command north of $6 million per season on a new deal.
This left both Lucic and the club stalling out on talks through late May and into June, but that seems to have changed.
It was reported earlier this week that the Kings and Lucic’s agent had opened back up the lines of communication to try and get a deal done, and general manager Dean Lombardi is now confirming that. It sounds like he’s trying to get something finalized within the next week or two:
The Boston Bruins drafted Lucic with the 50th overall selection at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Since entering the league in 2007, the winger – who won a Stanley Cup while with Boston in 2011 – has recorded 159 goals and 397 points over 647 career NHL games, putting him fifth in scoring among players from his draft class. If the Kings are able to work out an affordable deal, this could be beneficial for both sides.