Would the Bruins ever trade Lucic to Edmonton?
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03-04-2013, 09:03 AM
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I understand what you're both saying completely, however what you're missing is the system that the Bruins deploy and how Lucic fits into it with the other forwards around him. Adding Hall and Eberle in a vacuum would be incredible, however not at the expense of losing Lucic in the Bruins' system (as in their offensive games would be severely stunted because of the system, not due to a lack of skill - see Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler outside of Boston).
The Bruins already have a size issue with the forwards outside of Lucic and Horton (who is in his last year in a Bruins sweater unless there is a significant change in the current cap structure of the Bruins going forward - as in trading both Kelly and Peverley), and with the possibility of losing both would mean that they would have to change their entire philosophy (something which Claude Julien is horrible at / unwilling to do).
Lucic flat out holds more value to the Bruins than what they would receive in return because of his unique skill set and how it fits with the other forwards.
Claude Julien isn't such an idiot. You have two of the most skilled young forwards in the game. Bruins still have plenty of toughness on the back-end and bottom two lines. The likes of Hall and Eberle would be effective in Boston because the Bruins are a tough team already. They would be allowed to freely run around in the offensive zone knowing they got Chara, Horton, McQuaid etc watching their back. These kids are basically on Tyler Seguin's level. Sure losing Lucic would hurt but you're talking as if he's the foundation of the whole team and losing him would make the team collapse. It's really not the case.
Edit: Was Lucic even playing yesterday? If he was I didn't even notice. Imagine you had Eberle and and RNH. This game would have ended 4-1 BOS.
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