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July 01 2016 06:26AM
Stamkos says no to Leafs, Taylor Hall traded, Canucks get fined, Lucic isn't going home, Holland deserves praise for dumping Datsyuk contract, Flames almost pull off big trade, everything you need to know about free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
June 30 2016 09:10PM
Free agency begins at 10 a.m MDT tomorrow morning, and the first deal will likely be announced before 10:15 a.m. Milan Lucic is one of the most talked about free agents. He's a unique player. He is a proven top-six forward with a mean streak and a physical presence.
My main question is can Lucic be as effective between 2016-2019 as he was between 2010-2014? He had three seasons with 24, 26 and 30 goals and 59, 61 and 62 points in that four year window. He will need to produce similar numbers if he going to be live up to the rumoured $6 million/year salary he will receive in free agency.
Is he worth it?
June 30 2016 07:39PM
A year ago, Peter Chiarelli had a giant list of problems to solve and by July 1 had addressed goaltending (Cam Talbot) and some defensive issues (Griffin Reinhart, Eric Gryba)—some successful, some not so much. He would enter the free agency segment of the summer with a dire need for a top defenseman and a two-way center. As we head toward another July 1, here is a quick look back at the UFA season in 2015—and what it might tell us about tomorrow.
June 30 2016 05:55PM
It’s generally not a good idea to look for contract value at the very top of the summer free agent list, and it would be a surprise if Milan Lucic were an exception to the rule. This is the best chance he’s ever going to have to cash-in on his formidable reputation, and nobody could blame him for going after the best combination of dollars and term out there.
June 30 2016 02:30PM
Well my worst nightmares are coming true; the Golden Boys of the Rebuild 2.0 era are slowly being traded away, and my hopes of watching an Oilers playoff run in the near future are once again being dashed. Hopefully I'm proven VERY wrong, and Adam Larsson will be exactly what the doctor ordered, but for now I will mourn the loss of Edmonton's best player over the last 6 years. So long Taylor. Sorry things had to end this way. I will always be grateful for what you did during your time in Edmonton, and I'll miss you dearly. Good luck in New Jersey!
See you on the other side,