May 12, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) skates with the puck against Montreal Canadiens during the second period in the game six of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Boston Bruins Trade Milan Lucic?


Lucic Should Remain at the Garden

Recently, CSNNE anchor Mike Giardi commented on the Boston Bruins trading Milan Lucic, who played alongside David Krejci and Jarome Iginla in one of the NHL’s most effective regular season groups. He declares that Lucic should be the first Bruin sent packing this offseason.

“Milan Lucic has cement shoes,” said Giardi. “I know he’s a nice, little compliment and he gives you that ‘Big Bad Bruin’ attitude. But he’s the guy, if I’m Peter Chiarelli in the offseason, the first name I dangle is his name. I think they need some speed and some creativity to finish with David Krejci.”

Giardi isn’t looking at the big picture, though. Lucic didn’t have a great postseason for the Bruins, and yes, he does horribly lack touch and finesse at times when you wish he could break out skating ability. But one can’t ignore the 25-year-old Canadian’s production this season–24 goals and 35 assists (second on the team behind Bergeron) in 80 appearances. Losing that caliber of player, regardless if he adheres to a certain “speedy” mold, isn’t in the Bruins best interest.

He did have some attitude issues towards the end of the playoffs, that whole handshake fiasco at the conclusion of the Eastern Conference semifinals. To me, attacking players during a time that’s supposed to reflect sportsmanship is unacceptable. Yet, it’s understandable that frustration over unmet expectations can cause somebody to lose their cool.

And calling penalty minutes Lucic’s greatest flaw makes sense. He maintained the greatest number of penalty time on the B’s during the 82-game season, but he showed he could restrain himself in the postseason with four penalty minutes.

As for the playoffs this year, it’s hard to place a lot of blame on the former Vancouver Giant because the whole team collapse against Montreal. Plus, Lucic rose to attention in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as a top-quality Bruins’ scorer and playmaker, so don’t doubt his personal ability; it was a team defeat vs. the Canadiens.

In the end, who could actually replace Lucic and bring that vital speed element to the Bruins? To be honest, there isn’t an possible free-agent forward able to obviously retain such high numbers as Lucic. Mike Cammalleri of the Calgary Flames and Radim Vrbata suit the Bruins criteria in the finesse department, but they’re both too old, 31 and 32 years of age respectively. They most likely couldn’t match Lucic’s stats, too.

Therefore, you keep Lucic and snag a skater capable of making Boston quicker, whether that person be a forward or a defenseman.

Tags: Featured Mike Cammalleri Milan Lucic Peter Chiarelli Popular Radim Vrbata

  • Tom

    But having a quick player on your first line is so much different than getting a depth quick forward I mean look what kreider did to the canadiens…. They wouldn’t put markov and emilen

  • Tom

    On the ice the same time as him

    • Duncan Day

      I agree getting a quick player is necessary, but I don’t think trading Lucic should be in the cards because you can tinker with lines, like you said.

      • Tom

        And honestly they don’t even have to get that quicker… I mean they won the President’s Trophy and the blue line can be pretty speedy… they could almost trade Barkowski, even though I really like him, he could get a good return. Especially if other defensemen start returning to full health, miller or him probably won’t be playing because I cant imagine them sitting Hamilton or Krug.

        • Willy

          Regular season play, Presidents trophies… all mean squat if you cant live up to expectations in the Playoffs. Changes must be made and not just 1 defenseman.

          • Tom

            Yes I know but I’m saying that one defensemen could get you something in return, Do you think trade Marchand? I could see that maybe get someone clutch? I don’t know its tough because I honestly think Krejci carries Lucic

          • Willy

            You know it’s really hard to say and I hesitate to mention who I might trade as people become overly sensitive when they see a particular name. IMO the B’s MUST get faster, so trading Marshy may be out unless they can get an equally as fast player in return. Lucic can skate fast but it takes him time to get up to speed, so in essence he isnt fast, if you know what I mean. He also lacks the typical instincts of a pure goal scorer. Most people want Iggy back because he fit so well and put up 30 goals but he isnt a pure goal scorer anymore and lacks the necessary speed, never mind the fact the only way the B’s could bring him back is on a much lesser contract, IE no more $6m deals even with incentives.

            On defense is where the toughest choices lie, everyone loves Chara but he is in decline and just cant keep up with the quicker forwards any longer. I’m not sure what PC will do but it sure doesnt sound like he’s planning on making alot of changes which for me is a big mistake, stop basing what you do to the team on their regular season results, its the Playoff results or you’ll be doomed to repeat the same lackluster Playoff performance again and again.

          • Tom

            Ya I know its going to be tough decisions for defense especially because defensemen are coming back from injuries and because everyone loves Chara and don’t get me wrong he is still a good defender has a great slapshot but he can’t be playing those minutes but it’s tough with Marchand because he hasn’t produced at all in the playoffs but in the regular season he is good… it’s not like with Krejci were he had one bad post season

          • bruinfan

            You are so insightful with getting equal value in a trade. You are so smart, groundbreaking stuff GM Willy. LOL

          • Willy

            Whatever, you seem to have all the answers.

          • bruinfan

            No that’s you apparently. Go back and read all your comments and maybe if you are a Realist as you say you will get what I am talking about. You did same things I did but I don’t bitch about it. I just give you a better set of facts and that makes you mad.

          • Willy

            Thats BS and you know it, what are you 12 years old, grow up!

          • bruinfan

            I still know more about hockey than your old ass. 40 years a fan and still no knowledge that must stink for you.

          • Willy

            See, still a condescending jerk who cant possibly carry on a civil conversation, typical bully behavior from a juvenile.

          • Willy

            You call me GM Willy…. and thats not condescending? Grow up! Learn how to carry on a simple conversation.

          • bruinfan

            That’s what your doing acting as GM saying what you would do is it not?

          • Willy

            No Im not, its a hockey conversation where everyone shares opinions, you shared an opinion but bashed everyone elses comments, thats being obnoxious and juvenile, you can disagree with someone w/o being condescending, calling people names, picking on something as stupid as punctuation or spelling when you yourself are far from perfect and have no better answers then anyone else, grow up!

          • bruinfan

            No just yours I agreed with a few people.

          • bruinfan

            You tell them GM Willy you know all. LOL

  • Tom

    Imagine Seguin and krejci on a line together

    • bruinfan

      No thanks. Glad he is gone. He would not engage when he was here. He just circled away from the play.

      • Tom

        Fair point

  • tnazar

    Giardi obviously had a fall. He is showing signs of dementia.

  • Willy

    Whoah, pump the breaks. There are players whether it be in free agency or in trade that can 1. match or better Lucic’s numbers and 2. skate faster then him. His size and physical play should be much less a factor. To say that little Cammalleri couldnt match Milan’s production isnt looking at the stats, when healthy he most definately can best Milan. Mike had 26 goals in 63 games played this year.
    Would I trade Lucic or almost anyone on this team? Yes BUT it depends on the return.

    • bruinfan

      I am glad your not the GM or coach. With what you know this team would be lottery winners for years to come. Cammalleri doesn’t play full seasons. When healthy ha ha ha. Woulda, coulda, shouda but never does.

      • Willy

        I was simply pointing out something, I never said I wanted Cammalleri. Back off and stop being such a jerk. Try having a civil conversation w/o being so condescending please.

        • bruinfan

          You were saying Cammalleri could definitely best Lucic. I think that is funny because it is not true even by the stats.

          • Willy

            I said Camm- could put up better numbers than Lucic and he can and has, end of story, now leave me alone.

          • Tom

            He could still best him if you’re talking one on one too

          • bruinfan

            5 years ago I would definitely agree but Camm is not the same as he used to be. Serviceable but can’t be relied on like he used to be.

  • Willy

    Having the best regular season record means nothing and shouldnt change the fact that moves Must be made. You are only as good as your Post Season record, not the regular season. If PC comes back with all the same players and they play a faster team like Montreal again, why would they win? Changes must be made.

    • Tom

      Or if not going to change the players you have to change the system at least against the Canadiens.

      • Willy

        That makes perfect sense to us but for some reason Claude wouldnt change the lines or alter his system for whatever reason and it was his downfall. I dont see a change in coach, even though after a while players tend to tune out coaches. So that would leave PC to make a move or even more than one. Hopefully he can figure it out because its heart breaking to watch a team that was so good in the regular season fall to an inferior team in the Playoffs.

        • Tom

          Canadiens weren’t inferior they match their depth and some… honestly I think Rask was just exposed when the Bruins defense broke down. He played behind the best defensive team in the regular season and when a team figures out how to beat that system he has to make saves… Carey Price completely outplayed him… probably because he faces those A+ scoring opportunities throughout the regular season. Bruins were out coached and honestly I think their ego got in the way. They got too into not getting embarrassed in front of home crowd so go forget about the puck and just try and hit the shit out of them. PS don’t tell me Price got lucky with posts, the Canadiens missed the net plenty of times and also posts are part of a goalie’s equipment.

          • Willy

            Sorry but Montreal is/was inferior to the B’s, just look at the stats….
            Yes Rask was sub-par for some reason but Price didnt have to stand on his head either. Price played well but really never had to make a spectacular save. I wasnt going to say anything about hitting posts.
            I suggest you look at expanded Hockey stats, especially defensively before declaring the B’s the best defensively because they werent. Giving up the second least amount of goals doesnt necessarily mean you’re the best defensive team or have the greatest goalie as the Playoffs made very apparent. Claude has a very good defensive system when it works but it isnt perfect and teams have found ways around it. The most alarming thing for me besides Claude not changing the lines around was the fact most of his team didnt show up to play in far too many games. The way they played in the last couple of games against Montreal was unexceptable.
            For over a year now theyve had problems finishing out periods, giving up late goals, heck they lost a Cup finals last year because they couldnt finish against Chicago. This is a huge problem and must be addressed this off season.

          • Tom

            Look at the stats Canadiens beat them 3 out of the four times this year in the regular season along with the playoffs and his saves never look spectacular is because he is always in position. Unlike PK Subban who is in your face and showing you what he’s got, Price is more that save was so easy and I have so much more he makes every save look effortless because he is always in the right position… and trust me I do not think Rask is the best goalie in the lead by far but I do believe Price is the best in my personal opinion… I think Rask is just more exposed to quicker teams that can get by his defense more, but a couple goals were completely the defenseman’s fault like that bound bounce on Miller’s pass but I think Montreal just wanted it more but I do think that the depth of the Canadiens who had Wiese Briere and Bourvional on their fourth line compared to Shawn Thornton… don’t get me wrong I love Thornton but I’ll take Canadiens fourth line over ours… just like I’d take Bruin’s second line over the Canadien’s second line

          • Willy

            Im not sure what point your trying to make there in the beginning, there are reasons the B’s lost to Montreal, it isnt because Montreal is the better team, I think you’re confusing losing to a certain team as them being superior/inferior, not true. And it wasnt Price they faced most of the time in the regular season it was Peter Budai or however you spell it.
            And IMO you are way overrating Price, all #1 goalies had better be good at positioning themselves. Price isnt any better of a goalie then Rask is, in fact I would put him below Rask in many catergories. If you want to look at a top Goalie then look at Jonathan Quick.

          • Tom

            Quick has come down to earth after his cup run

          • bruinfan

            you mean than Rask is

          • Willy

            I love how you criticize my english and or punctuation when you yourself repeatedly screw up words like “Too”. This is a hockey conversation, not a grammar lesson, lay off and stop being such an ass.

          • bruinfan

            Just as much as you. You correct people it is ok. They correct you and that’s not right. You are a hypocrite.

          • Willy

            I havent corrected anyone, Ive responded to obnoxious people like you which was a mistake because you are incapable of carrying on a adult conversation.

          • bruinfan

            You were an ass to me when I made an innocent mistake. You did this and that is why you are a hypocrite.

          • Willy

            I was never an ass to you and I never picked on a simple mistake, stop already.

          • bruinfan

            You corrected the writer of the article you idiot and don’t say you didn’t because it is in the comments section.

          • Willy

            I know both of the writers but go ahead and keep digging yourself a grave.

          • bruinfan

            How am I digging a grave by pointing out were you started this all. You know the writers but you post instead of emailing or calling them. I think that you would be more respectful considering you know them. I would not put them on blast for such a simple mistake if I knew them. But there lies the difference between us. I give respect to those I know. Apparently you don’t respect them enough. but that like all this you caused is your mistake. Hope I was able to teach an old dog a lessen he should have learned by age 5.

          • Willy

            Leave me alone!

          • bruinfan

            I think you learned your lesson. You are free to be a manboy crybaby. This will be my last negative response to you.

          • bruinfan

            Nothing to do with stats, Has to do with showing up. Better stats don’t equal better players. Better clutch play equals a W. The bruins were outplayed in critical moments of games by Montreal plain and simple. I am a Bruins loyalist and that hurts to say but they outplayed us this year.

          • bruinfan

            They were inferior talent wise. But that alone does not make a winner. If that was the case we never would have beat the Canucks for the last Cup.

          • Tom

            I think they were pretty even I’d take canadiens first line bruins second and third line canadiens fourth line canadiens first d pairing bruins second and third d pairing and I’d take Carey price

          • bruinfan

            In that series the way they all played I agree 100%. Regular season through playoffs I would take the Bruins except I would take PK Subban. As much as it pains me to say he is awesome.

        • bruinfan

          Makes sense to all of who? Not me. Right he should change everything in the playoffs for one series. Just accept that we lost to an inferior team who wanted to win more and showed more fire at the important points of the games and we didn’t. The problem is we did not execute like we have in other series.

          • Tom

            Who said change everything?… Canadiens changed their system from the regular season to a two man forecheck… its called adapting to the situation

          • bruinfan

            Did they win the cup no they did not and that is my point. Isn’t that what you are all talking about expectations. They adapted and changed and did not do anything with it. They lost to the NY Rangers

    • bruinfan

      Why make changes for the sake of saying they made changes. It is the nature of sports and half the teams lose every game. I say get rid of Iginla before Lucic. One of the biggest me first players ever. There is a reason he has never been to the Stanley cup since rookie year. You think if the Bruins play the Canadians with everything the same they would lose every time. Shows what you know.

      • Tom

        Ya but you still have the problem of Chara he can’t be logging top four minutes he won’t make it

        • bruinfan

          Right but he played less than your top pairing did in the playoffs. They tired also and they are both younger than Chara. PK was so tired he made one mistake and lost the series against NY for them.

          • Tom

            Ya he needs to be better like Sutter and log those minutes but I hope Bartkowski gets a bigger role this year he just got a bad rep from that stupid penalty

          • bruinfan

            Bartkowski had multiple stupid penalties but point taken. That is how you have to learn you make mistakes and then you fix them. All players need to tweak something and I hope he gets It together but I do not think it will be in Boston unfortunately.

          • bruinfan

            For Pk I think like Suter he would be more affective with another high end d-man. To allow more flow to his game and they both can skate but are hampered by not having proper d next to or behind them and that I think is why they seem to tire like Chara does without Seidenberg as they get into the playoffs

  • Robert Burnett

    I think we should try and get Kesler and Bieska/Edler from the Canucks..Imagine

    Lucic-Krejci-Iggy
    Kesler-Bergy-Smith
    KoKo-Soderberg-Eriksson
    Paille-Cambell-Spooner
    Fraser

    Chara – Hamilton
    Siden – Krug
    Bieska/Edler – Boychuk
    Miller

    trade Mcquaid – Marchand – Kelly – Caron – Bartowski
    Let go Meszaros – Potter

    i cant wait to see Koko and Spooner play fulltime, I think KoKo will have the speed we need and Kesler is a BEAST.

    • Robert Burnett

      I think Svedberg will back up Rask next year even tho Johnson did good.

  • bruinfan

    I agree it is to much. But people easily forget how bad things were and expect to win now. They have no clue what they are suggesting will kill this franchise and make us a cellar dweller for years to come. I call it the fans stupification for winning.

    • Willy

      I never said I knew it all. Stop being a jackass!

      • bruinfan

        You implied by your comments that you know more than Claude and Peter, did you not? Also this is America I can be what I want thank you

        • Willy

          No I did not but you’re so busy inserting yourself in a negative way that it’s not surprising you would think that. It’s impossible for you to carry on a civil conversation w/o attacking, w/o assuming, w/o being condescending so just stop replying to me because I dont want to have anything to do with you the Bully.

  • Willy

    Duncan, you have an obnoxious poster on here (Bruinfan)that needs to be moved to Spam.

    • Tom

      Amen

      • Willy

        There’s something wrong with him, Ive asked him repeatedly to leave me alone and he wont.

        • bruinfan

          He was the ass first and I am done because he is not getting that he started it and tom have I been condescending or anything of the like to you. No because you gave respect instead of being an ass that is until you just posted that

          • Tom

            He I said you agreed with me so I don’t mind plus some of your points are valid just like some of his and some of mine then we all have some that a just out there… I am sorry I posted that

          • Tom

            Honestly though I would really look into going after Evander Kane like Seguin he needs a fresh start and hopefully the same outcome would happen

          • bruinfan

            No problem. You made some valid points he seems to be out in wheel and deal land. From his comments it seems like he wants to blow the team up and start over. I can’t stand that, minor tweeks for both teams is all they need. Of course you always want more but he has to be more realistic with his comments. That’s what I think

      • Tom

        haha he agreed with me at one point… you should look at your conversation with him its too funny haha

        • bruinfan

          You were right that is why I agreed with you willy is an idiot.

  • Bratista

    What sort of moron would trade Lucic? Oh yeah, the same guy who got rid of Thornton, let Thomas and Horton go, and has just made overall poor decisions. Trade (fire) Chiarelli!