Boston Bruins forward #17 Milan Lucic signed a 3 year contract extension with the club today that will keep him in black and gold for through the 2015/16 season
It must be nice to be Milan Lucic, as if being one of the most feared and dominating physical presences in the game isn’t enough; he also just got married too. With plenty to already celebrate about, the Bruins big winger has now received a new contract extension that will keep him in Boston throughout the 2015/16 season. The contract announcement came this morning out of Boston and is worth $18 million over three years which breaks down into $6 million per.
This may be a little bit an over-payment at first glance but after some serious thought I am leaning more into the “it’s a good deal” territory as opposed to the “what are you think Peter?” territory. Lucic is only 24 years old and is yet to hit his prime. He has also improved significantly in every area of his game over his career with Boston.
Let’s not forget also that the 6’4″ 220 Lb. Vancouver native is arguably the most unique player in the NHL today. Lucic’s combination of size and skill, as well as a willingness to drop the gloves makes him a rare breed in the game today. One could even say that his play style is a lost art in today’s league and that he is the only true powerforward left in a game that used to be dominated by that type of player.
The Bruins’ big winger first endeared himself to Boston after making the team out of camp as a 19 year old in 2007. Through fights, big hits, and the occasional clutch goal; Lucic was a fan favorite seemingly from the first puck drop. Milan is also a 30 goal scorer on a team where such an accomplishment is a rarity given the defensive style of Coach Claude Julien. Last season “Looch” scored 26 goals, 35 assists, and a plus 7 in 81 games. He has 90 goals, 122 assists, and a plus 43 in 359 career games in the NHL while donning the black and gold.
Originally drafted in the second round by the Boston Bruins in 2006, Lucic has gone on to establish himself as the premier powerforward in the game today and is the very definition of “big bad bruin”. He is also a big time draw for fans too, which from a business standpoint, is reason enough to keep him around.
Bruins General Manager has done an outstanding job in locking up the core pieces of this team with the recent extensions to both Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin as another lockout looms. Lucic will have some work to do to play up to his new contract which makes him the highest paid forward on the Boston Bruins. I believe he has the capacity to do so and Bruins fans everywhere should too. The most important thing here is the fact that Milan Lucic will remain a Boston Bruin for the foreseeable future, right where he belongs.
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