Oilers and Flames swap veteran forwards Milan Lucic and James Neal

Oilers and Flames swap veteran forwards Milan Lucic and James Neal

Well, it looks like it's finally happened. The Oilers have reportedly linked up on a deal with their provincial rivals, the Calgary Flames, on a deal to swap Lucic for James Neal. The long-awaited divorce between Milan Lucic and the Edmonton Oilers has been completed.

Like Lucic, Neal was a big-name free agent signing for Calgary last summer but didn't meet expectations after agreeing to a five-year, $28.75 million deal July 2, 2018. Edmonton missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. If the Oilers were to buy out Neal next June during the buy out window, he would come at a cap hit of $1,916,667 for the next six seasons. Neal scored over 20 goals in 10 of his 11 first seasons in the National Hockey League, but last year he had 7 goals and 19 points in his first full season with the Flames, seeing a 25-point drop off from his only year in Vegas.

His seven goals last season was the fewest he had scored in his 11 National Hockey League seasons.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old had a down year in Calgary last year, posting career lows in goals with seven, assists with 12 and points with 19.

Can confirm deal to send James Neal to Edm for Milan Lucic isn't done yet, but is close. Meanwhile, Neal has four years left on his contract too and is making $5.75 million per season.

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