Lucic stresses playing well for Kings, not contract status


Milan Lucic donned a new jersey Saturday, as he met with the media in L.A.

The Kings acquired Lucic from the Boston Bruins at the NHL Draft late last month. The 27-year-old power forward, coming off an 18-goal season in Boston, is entering the final year of a three-year, $18 million contract, which comes with an annual cap hit of $6 million.

A pending UFA at the end of the 2015-16 season, his contract status and the possibility of an extension was a talking point Saturday, although Lucic maintained his focus was on playing well for the Kings, a team that won the Stanley Cup a year ago but didn’t make the playoffs in 2014-15.

“You don’t want to put the emphasis on that heading into the season,” said Lucic, according to LA Kings Insider.

“You want to put the emphasis on playing well and the team winning, and like I said, that usually takes care of itself if you’re focused on the right things.”