In a extra good, non-salary cap world, Milan Lucic would have completed his profession with the Boston Bruins. As a lot as anybody within the membership’s most up-to-date period of success, Lucic embraced the historic ethos of the Big, Bad Bruins and relished in it.
But it’s been a protracted and winding street since he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a deal pressured by cap constraints. He’s had stops in LA, Edmonton and now Calgary. And with the B’s on the Saddledome on Saturday, the Flames had been set to make the most of the event to have a good time Lucic’s 1,000th sport.
It was truly his 1,042nd sport, however he reached the milestone whereas the Canadian groups had been nonetheless taking part in in a fan-less bubbles final season, so the membership didn’t need the event to cross with out correct recognition.
Lucic was a three-time 20-plus goalscorer with the B’s (hitting a profession excessive water mark of 30 within the Stanley Cup 12 months of 2010-2011). He had two extra 20-goal seasons after leaving Boston, one with the Kings and one other with the Oilers (23). Though his manufacturing has slowed down in recent times, he’s having fun with a mini-renaissance this 12 months with the Pacific Division-leading Flames (seven targets in 27 video games) this season.
Ever a fan of numbers and their significance, Lucic was appreciative of Flames’ efforts to acknowledge the milestone.
“It’s a special achievement, especially when you look at the list and how many guys achieved it. Not having the fans here for it last year for the ceremony, it took a little bit away from it. To have it here tonight and recognize it against a team that I played over half my games with will be pretty cool,” mentioned Lucic, drafted by the B’s within the second spherical in 2006, after the Flames’ morning skate.
“I remember my rookie year and I remember talking to guys like Zdeno Chara and Shane Hnidy and Glen Murray. Those three guys were the first guys who said it to me. They said ‘Enjoy it, because it goes by fast.’ And I kind of laughed. I was like ‘OK.’ You’re just a 19-year-old kid and you’re kind of laughing at it. And now 15 years in, you’re sitting back and you look at it all. And it really does go by fast. And it is a roller coaster ride. You have ups and downs. Luckily for me, I’ve gotten to experience a lot, I’ve achieved a lot, being fortunate to be on a lot of good teams. So as you get older, you cherish it more. You try to enjoy it on a day-to-day basis. It’s been 15 years and I’m still only 33 years old. I feel young. I just want to keep it going as long as I can.”
When the Flyers had an opportunity to clinch the Cup on dwelling towards the B’s in 1974, their legendary coach Fred Shero famously wrote on the chalkboard earlier than the sport “Win today and we walk together forever.” That’s how B’s captain Patrice Bergeron feels about Lucic.
“For me, it’s all the memories we had as a team and with him and the friendship obviously with him and his family and his kids. I think that’s the one thing when I retire that I’ll miss the most, the friendships. I’ve always said that. With Looch, it’s no different. We did something special in 2011 together and it’s something where I feel like you’re bonded forever,” mentioned Bergeron. “So I only have good things to say about him. He’s just one of those guys that’s always the life of the party, he’s always smiling, he’s always happy, he’s always bringing it. And on the ice, he sticks up for his teammates, he’s always there for you. You know he’s got your back. Some of the memories? obviously that body check when it went through the glass against Toronto (Maple Leafs’ Mike Van Ryn). There’s a lot of things, some of the big goals that he’s scored and obviously the big fights. An amazing career. I’m happy for him and hopefully thee’s more to come.”
B’s goalting on uptick
With Tuukka Rask inching towards a attainable return, a humorous factor has occurred. The B’s are beginning to get some excellent goaltending. With three straight stable begins, Jeremy Swayman has his save proportion as much as .922 and his targets towards common all the way down to 2.15. Linus Ullmark, set to get his second straight begin on Saturday in Calgary, was coming off his finest outing as a Bruin together with his 41-save night time in Edmonton. His save proportion was as much as .917, although the GAA was nonetheless a tad excessive at 2.61.
“They just look like they’re tracking pucks well. That’s what I see,” mentioned assistant coach Joe Sacco. “Like I’ve said before, I’m not a goaltending expert. But from what I’ve seen from my standpoint is they’re fighting through traffic, fighting through screens and they’re tracking pucks well.. I know (goalie coach) Bob (Essensa) has talked about that and he likes the way they’re competing around the net.”…
Brandon Carlo was set to overlook his second straight sport on Saturday with a decrease physique harm.
“He said (Saturday) he saw some improvement but he’ll be out (Saturday) and we’ll re-evaluate him the next couple of days before our next game (Tuesday at home against Vegas),” mentioned Sacco.