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Oilers trade Milan Lucic to Flames for James Neal

Milan Lucic has reportedly been traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Calgary Flames in exchange for James Neal. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Edmonton Oilers have traded Milan Lucic and a 2020 conditional third-round pick to the Calgary Flames in exchange for James Neal.

Edmonton will retain 12.5 percent of Lucic’s remaining contract. The 31-year-old carries a $6 million cap hit for every year through the 2022-23 campaign, after signing a seven-year, $42-million deal with the Oilers in July 2016.

Lucic struggled throughout the 2018-19 campaign, recording six goals and 20 points in 79 games for the Oilers. Despite a poor season, Lucic reportedly drew interest from his hometown Vancouver Canucks, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis.

Shortly after the trade was reported, Lucic posted a photo of his new uniform.

Neal also failed to meet expectations last season, amassing seven goals and 19 points in his lone season with the Flames.

The veteran winger carries a nearly identical cap hit to Lucic, owed $5.75 million for every year through the 2022-23 season. Neal signed a five-year, $28.75 million contract with the Flames in July 2018.

It’s a new beginning for both players and perhaps a change of scenery will help invigorate both of their careers.

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