Flames, Oilers ‘close’ to completing Neal-for-Lucic trade

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The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are close to completing a trade that would see Milan Lucic and James Neal swapping sides in the Battle of Alberta.

According to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis, the Oilers would include a conditional draft pick and retain some of Lucic’s salary when the deal is completed.

Lucic, 31, has four seasons remaining on the seven-year, $42-million deal he signed with the Oilers in 2016.

Neal, also 31, joined the Flames in July 2018 and was expected to add an offensive punch in Calgary but struggled to find his scoring stride to match his $5.75-million cap hit. He, too, is signed through 2022-23.

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