NHL makes ruling on pick conditions for Neal-Lucic trade

Former Edmonton Oilers winger James Neal (18). (Jason Franson/CP)

The NHL has made a ruling on the pick conditions in the July 2019 trade involving James Neal and Milan Lucic, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

The Edmonton Oilers, who acquired Neal in exchange for Lucic, will transfer their third-round pick in either 2020 or 2021 to the Calgary Flames to complete the transaction.

Edmonton has until the start of the third round in the 2020 NHL draft to decide which pick it will send to Calgary.

When the trade was confirmed last July, Calgary was set to receive a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 draft, with Edmonton retaining 12.5 per cent of Lucic’s remaining contract.

Johnston also reported that the NHL amended conditions in the Feb. 5 trade between the Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs involving Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford.

The Maple Leafs would owe the Kings a 2021 second-round pick if they win their qualifying-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Jack Campbell gets two or more wins, or if they re-sign Kyle Clifford for next season.

In a third, more complicated ruling, the NHL ironed out the trade between the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils involving Sami Vatanen — who was acquired from the Devils for defenceman Fredrik Claesson, forward prospect Janne Kuokkanen and conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

That fourth-round pick can change in three ways, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:

• If Carolina beats the New York Rangers, and Vatanen plays in 70 per cent of the Hurricane’s playoff games (not including the play-in round), New Jersey gets Carolina’s third-round pick this year.

• If Vatanen plays in less than 70 per cent of Carolina’s playoff games, then the pick is dependent on how many appearances Vatanen makes against the Rangers. If he appears twice and Carolina wins the series, New Jersey gets Carolina’s fourth rounder this year. If he appears twice and the Rangers win, the Hurricanes get the choice of a fourth-round pick this year or next year. If he doesn’t play twice against the Rangers, no pick goes to New Jersey.


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