LATEST | Milan Lucic opens up about time as a Flame, takes shot at Calgary

Published July 9, 2023 at 2:26 PM
BY COOPER GODIN
     
Milan Lucic's time with the Calgary Flames came to an end on July 1st as he signed a one-year contract with his former team, the Boston Bruins.

Lucic spent four years with the Flames, putting 83 points in 283 games. In a recent interview with Sportsnet's Eric Francis, he opened up about his time with the Flames and took a shot at the city of Calgary.

He said that he wanted to be honest about why it's hard to sell Calgary as somewhere players should sign and went on to list the reasons why it's not easy.

"When teams come in, it's usually cold. Even though we all love the 'Dome, it's old. That's the main thing. It's a smaller city, there's not much going on other than the Flames. It's not like on a day off you can go to an NBA game or an MLB game. The travel it is tough travel." Lucic said.


He added, "Again, just trying to give you an honest answer about what guys are thinking about."

Lucic isn't the only change to the Flames' 2022-23 season. Tyler Toffoli was traded to the New Jersey Devils on July 28th and it could be a summer of moves for Flames general manager Craig Conroy. Mikael Backlund, Noah Hanifin are all entering the final years of their respective contracts and have, to varying degrees, expressed interest in leaving Calgary this summer.

Add that to the big changes the organization underwent last summer by trading Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers and letting Johnny Gaudreau to walk to unrestricted free agency, where he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It's been a rough time in Calgary over the last 12 months and it's shaping up to be another tough season in Alberta's largest city.

Source: Sportsnet
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