Zolak & Bertrand

Zolak & Bertrand

Zolak & Bertrand

According to NHL insider Chris Johnson, a Milan Lucic homecoming “will happen” this offseason. The Bruins are look to bolster their bottom-six forward rotation, and Lucic would be a cost-effective option.

Lucic has spent the last four seasons playing for the Calgary Flames. Besides his original stint with the Bruins from 2007-2015, Lucic also spent time with the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. In recent years, he’s scored 83 points in 283 games with the Flames.

He spoke with Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic recently on potentially rejoining the Bruins…

“Obviously it’s a special place for me and it will always be a special place for me,” said Lucic. “But we’ve got what, 10, 11 days to see what happens? We’ll see what happens and then go from there.”

On Thursday’s Zolak & Bertrand radio program, Joe Murray and Hardy reacted to the news of a possible reunion for the former Bruin.

Parts of conversation are abbreviated for clarity.

Dec 11, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Milan Lucic (17) against the Boston Bruins during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports

Dec 11, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Milan Lucic (17) against the Boston Bruins during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Discussion

Hardy: This is a fourth-line forward that you’re talking about, who has the attributes of having heavy hands and going out there not afraid to knock some heads around. When did you last care about having a player like that on your hockey team? Five years ago, maybe? 

 Joe Murray: Well, isn’t that what they traded for at the deadline this past season? I mean, they brought in Hathaway to do that. 

 Hardy: Yeah, but he can play. 

 T-Bone: Yeah, he can skate. And he’s got some skill. 

 Hardy: You need physical, guys. I get it. 

 Look, you saw this in the playoffs. You saw it against the Panthers. Florida had so much success because they have guys that play heavy but also fast and skilled. 

 If you’re the Bruins, all you have to do is go out and get a physically gifted, not-afraid-to-fight fast skating forward that can score. Well, good luck. 

  • Joe Murray: They have that right now. The kid, Greer, can do that. 

     Here’s my whole thing with bringing Lucic back. It’s the Bruins wanting to sell some tickets and sweaters. It’s the 100-year anniversary, and Milan Lucic is back! Woo! That’s what this is. Nothing more than that. 

    He’s going to bring them nothing on the ice. He can’t do anything on the penalty kill. He’s not good in the power play. He’s one of the worst defensive players in the league. So, you’re bringing him back to do what? Be a role model for some of the younger kids on the team? 

    I don’t even know if he’s going to play 77 games. I thought Nick Foligno was better if you asked me. 

  • BOSTON, MA - APRIL 27: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Milan Lucic #17 after Horton scored the winning goal in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 27, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MA – APRIL 27: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with Milan Lucic #17 after Horton scored the winning goal in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 27, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Joe Murray: When will Don Sweeney actually believe in some of the guys he drafted? 

    Milan, I loved you here, but dude, you’re taking a paycheck. To what? Potentially play? Do you just want $1,000,000 to hang around with the Bruins? 

    Be honest here. What is he going to do to help improve the hockey team? 

  • Full Segment

  • Ryan Beaton is a producer for 985thesportshub.com. You can follow Ryan at @ry_beaton on Twitter.

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