“Milan Lucic said last night he wants to stay in Los Angeles,” Friedman said during Saturday’s Headlines segment. “I do expect that the Kings and him are gonna sit down to try to get a contract done. I don’t think it’s gonna be easy.”
The Kings were unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks Friday night. Lucic went goalless in five games, recording three assists. He scored 55 points in 81 games this season, the fourth best total of his nine-year career.
Lucic is an unrestricted free agent as of July 1, as his three-year, $18 million deal comes to an end.
Friedman also discussed the status of Kings coach Darryl Sutter, and whether he’ll be back with the organization next year.
“Nothing yet with Darryl Sutter, he has said he expects to come back,” said Friedman. “I wonder if Sutter does come back.”
Sutter has been the bench boss in Los Angeles since 2012, winning two Stanley Cups.