Ten years ago, if I had mentioned that Milan Lucic might join the Toronto Maple Leafs, you would have laughed at me and thought it was outlandish. Well, on the Leafs Take podcast hosted by Jay Rosehill and Nick Alberga, Milan Lucic admitted that suiting up for an original six franchise is too good to pass up.
“You can never rule anything out, obviously it’s an original six franchise, a storied franchise. I’ve had my fair share of rivalries with the team and now with Brad Treliving coming in, there’s some familiarity there, with him being the GM. I became really good friends with Mark Giordano being teammates with him in Calgary, and he’s told me how much he’s enjoyed it and how much he’s loved being in Toronto and being a Maple Leaf.”Milan Lucic on the Leafs Take podcast
While Lucic is certainly a shell of his former self offense-wise, he is definitely one of the most feared fighters in the league still. Nobody beats Lucic easily, and he has fought some of the toughest players in the league. If the Toronto Maple Leafs were to sign him and re-sign the likes of Luke Schenn, Noel Acciari, and other various players, the team would be feared for their added muscle.
“I’m still good friends with Jake Muzzin and he had shared the same feelings and how great it is playing in Toronto and how great it is being a part of that organization. Me, having experience being on an original six team, there really is nothing like it. When you’re on an original six team, it means something a little bit different and you know what, if there is an opportunity, I would deinitely listen to it. Like I said, you never want to rule anything out and I’m sure I’ll be getting a few calls and talking to a few teams moving forward from here in the next couple of weeks.”Milan Lucic on the Leafs Take podcast
While Milan Lucic has hinted at being open to playing for his Vancouver Canucks, the Canucks don’t have the cap space to sign him this offseason. Lucic, who just recently turned 35, has played 1173 games and scored 233 goals and 351 assists for 483 points, Lucic also has posted 1299 PIMS in his career.