Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Thursday afternoon.
On Dean Lombardi’s suggestion on Thursday that the Los Angeles Kings would make one more offer to Milan Lucic next week, and on if there’s any way he sees Lucic returning to L.A.:
“I would never say never, because I think from the get-go that’s what he’s wanted to do. I think somewhere along the line, not sure exactly what it was, but it seems like something happened there because it sure seemed like the Kings and Lucic were all on the same page. I’m wondering now if maybe the Kings aren’t maybe as interested in giving him as much term as he would like.
“Because I think Lucic was perfectly prepared to take a pretty significant market value discount to stay in Los Angeles. I wouldn’t call it the hometown discount because we know Vancouver is his hometown – but you guys know what I mean – to stay with your team. I think he was prepared to sacrifice a lot of dollars to stay there, but maybe there’s some reason why the Kings are maybe not offering as long a term a contract as he might get if he were on the open market, and teams like the Vancouver Canucks or the Edmonton Oilers would jump in with both feet.
“So as I say, never say never on a return to Los Angeles, but a month ago I think we would have said the needle was pointing directly to Los Angeles and Lucic getting a deal done. Now I’m not even sure it’s at the 50/50 level. We’re starting to get a sense that he’s maybe more likely to go to open market than re-sign, but it’s not a question to re-sign with L.A.”
Source: TSN 1040/Transcript: Nichols