Published: Sun, July 21, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Oilers acquire veteran Neal from Flames

Oilers acquire veteran Neal from Flames

Beyond the change of scenery thing, Neal's contract would be much easier to buy out than Lucic's buyout-proof deal.

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly traded Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames in exchange for James Neal.

According to Francis, the Oilers would retain some of Lucic's salary and send over a conditional draft pick.

Lucic signed a seven-year, US$42-million contract with Edmonton on July 1, 2016, but hasn't lived up to that hefty price tag.

Lucic scored six goals and tallied 20 points in 79 regular season games with the Oilers this past season. His $6 million annual cap hit through 2023, with a full no-move clause through 2021, made his contract an albatross for new general manager Ken Holland.

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Neal was originally chosen in the second round of the 2005 National Hockey League draft by the Dallas Stars.

Neal's numbers were just as disappointing in his only season with the Flames.

Neal, also 31, put up just seven goals and 12 assists last season. In 11 National Hockey League seasons, Neal has collected 270 goals and 244 assists over 766 games.

Neal was great with the Golden Knights in 2017-18 and signed a five-year, $28 million deal with Calgary before last season.

He did not have a point in four Stanley Cup Playoff games against the Colorado Avalanche and was scratched from Game 5, which the Flames lost 5-1 to end their season.

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