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The Daily: Bedard a Big Reason Milan Lucic Talked to Chicago

Turns out Lucic Had an Itch to Join an Original Six Team



It was known before that Milan Lucic and the Chicago Blackhawks had conversations about joining forces.  Boston Hockey Now’s Jimmy Murphy via the Spittin Chiclet’s podcast explains that  Toronto Maple Leafs and the Hawks  were hot for Lucic.

Flames General Manager Craig Conroy gave Lucic the go ahead to speak with teams prior to July 1st. Already known was that the Blackhawks was one of those teams but the extent was enough it was a real possibility.

From Murphy:

Ironically, Lucic also spoke to the Chicago Blackhawks before they acquired winger Nick Foligno as protection for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, Connor Bedard. The 35-year-old Lucic, who spent the last four seasons with the Flames, admitted that there was mutual interest there.

“Not only that, but you get to wear one of the nicest, if not the nicest, jerseys in the league,” Lucic said of the potential of playing for the Blackhawks. “Cool city. Awesome city. For me, I think I have the most family out of anywhere in Chicago. I would’ve been playing in front of family on a night-to-night basis.”

Lucic mentioned that the chance to play with Connor Bedard was also a driving factor. But the allure of returning to Boston was too much for him. Turns out the Blackhawks went another direction while Lucic ended up with the Original Six team he started with.

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