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Bruins scratch Lucic vs. Pittsburgh

Apr 20, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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Boston power forward Milan Lucic was scratched for this afternoon’s game against the Penguins.

The move was talked about after the Bruins lost to Buffalo on Wednesday and all signs indicated he would be sat down against Pittsburgh. This season, Lucic has just six goals and has just two goals in his last 26 games. For a former 30-goal scorer that’s really not getting it done.

Taking Lucic’s spot in the lineup is Swedish rookie Carl Soderberg who makes his NHL debut after arriving from Linkoping in the Swedish Elite League.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Any Bruins fans on here think Chiarellii moves Lucic this summer? I would think his excessive cap hit next yr, lack of production, and cap ceiling drop would factor into the “trade him” column. Although his age and past production lean towards “keep him”. He’s the type of player Flyers management would love but I’d imagine he stays.

    • kmacle - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Bad slump exaggerated by a shortened season – doesn’t make him trade bait. The cap drop might hinder (what I see as) Chiarelli’s trying to keep the cup team core together, but I don’t see Lucic as being more likely than any other piece to be moved.

    • odj810 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      IF and a big IF he ever got traded it would be to a team out west. Say calgary/edmonton. He’s to hard to play against. I think they keep him but i’m sure PC is wishing he had waited to sign him till the end of this year.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Not with that contract.

  2. drewzducks - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    A scratch. That pretty much sums up the extent of his physical play this season.

  3. 19to77 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    One goal for every million dollars of his ridiculous new cap hit.

  4. dolanster - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Hometown Vancouver would take him in a heartbeat. There’s just been something wrong with him this year — no juice, no legs, no spark. He’s got to play at his peak to be valuable … think Dustin Brown. Without that energy he’s just a big, slow moose, doing little on offense and less in his own zone. Whatever illness he has it appears it’s infected Horton as well. One can only pray for a playoff recovery, but not sure I’m feeling it.

  5. imleftcoast - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Vancouver probably would trade for him. Canucks love over-paying players, and they sure don’t want to have Lucic playing in Edmonton. It’s not as bad as signing Messier after 1994, but it’s still suck having the fata$$ in a Canucks uniform.

  6. bobhpine - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Scratched…should have been flushed like the piece of custardy shiznit that he is.

  7. billsfan1 - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I feel like the entire Bruins team lost its edge this year. They certainly didnt havent against the Sabres really, and I just cant help but think they were shellshocked by Thornton getting killed by Scott. IDK i may be reading too much into it, but i love watching Boston when the Sabres arent playing them because of that agression but it wasnt there this year, not to the level we are accustomed….

    as far as moving him you could find a dozen teams willing to take him without batting an eye….

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