By Jagger Martinez
Lucic says he’s prepared for free agency, reported the LA Kings insider Jon Rosen a few weeks ago. Even if the Kings were to even attempt trying to sign Lucic they’d have to trade Dustin Brown and his huge contract for what I’d guess is something along the lines of a prospect and a pick of some sort. And maybe even Dwight King considering he hasn’t done much for the organization lately. He’s getting paid an insane amount of money with about 5.85 million a year. If they can get rid of those 2 guys that would be a huge step for the Kings.
But aside from that Boston seems very interested in signing Lucic again. And I’m sure if they offer a solid contract with the right amount of money, he’d be more than happy to accept it. Boston also has a heck of a lot of salary cap space of $21M, which means they’d be able to sign Lucic and Stamkos if they wanted to. But that is highly unlikely considering forwards Lee Stempniak and Loui Eriksson are going to be UFAs soon.
As of now it is almost certain that Lucic has no chance of coming back next season with the Kings. Lombardi also asked The Rangers for Rick Nash in exchange for Dustin Brown and a few picks but New York definitely didn’t want Brown’s giant contract. And even then the Kings would still have to give up more.
The Kings have also looked at upcoming FA Seth Jones of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lombardi would most likely offer Brown or Dwight King and maybe even a prospect or a 1st/2nd round pick in the 2017 draft. There’s also some speculation that the Kings could be interested in Okposo to take Lucic’s place in the lineup.
In conclusion, it’s pretty obvious the Bruins have the best chance at taking Lucic when he becomes a free agent.
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