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The Boston Bruins won’t necessarily be getting Milan Lucic back in the lineup, but theormer Bruins power forward will make his return to the great city of Boston
The trade surprised many fans of not only the Bruins, but the entire NHL. A Bruins for his whole career, Lucic was the definition of a “Big Bad Bruin”. He was tough, he was physical, he could hit, and best of all, he could drop the gloves like no other.
Drafted back in 2006, Lucic played with Boston for 8 seasons, 2 of them with 25 goals or more. The amount of goals won’t be Milan’s best memory of Boston. In 2011, Lucic lifted the Stanley Cup, helping the Bruins end a nearly 40 year cup drought. Back in 2013, Milan started a comeback, possibly the greatest game 7 comeback of all time. He was the one to make it 4-2 with about 10 minutes against the Toronto Maple Leafs. All of us know how that game ended, that is for another time.
At the end of the day, it was all business. The Bruins were in serious cap troubles. and Lucic was the best option for the management. I can tell you one thing, I wondered if the new GM Don Sweeney knew what he was doing. He wasn’t even apart of the roster for very long, but before you knew it, both Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton were involved in separate trades to the Los Angeles Kings and the Calgary Flames.
Heading into tonight’s game, it is sort of funny, everything that Boston got in return from Los Angeles, won’t be in the lineup. Martin Jones was traded to San Jose, our 2015 draft pick remains in the juniors, and defenceman Colin Miller has been of and on when it comes to being in the lineup. For some reason, HC Claude Julien isn’t a fan of Miller.
This game is big for the Bruins as well. The B’s are tied for third with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who play the Canadiens also tonight. A win over the Kings would be a big win, making it three wins in a row. Tonight’s game will be one to watch for sure.
Lucic just recently wrote a letter to the fans and management of Boston, a thank you letter, starting with his very first game as a young 19 year old, shaking Zdeno Chara’s hand in the locker room. The article is touching. You realize how cool and genuine Lucic was. He talked about not knowing much about the Bruins, growing up in Vancouver and all, and how he did know Johnny Buyck’s last name. I recommend reading that article, especially if you are a Lucic fan. Other teams hated him, but Boston loved him. They always loved him. Thank you Milan Lucic for all of your spectacular memories, and prepare for a good game in your anticipated return to TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.