Both Lucic and Kopitar will need new contracts after this season, and one would reasonably assume that the Los Angeles Kings view their franchise center as a higher priority than their new winger.
Lucic told Puck Daddy that, ideally, he’d stay with Los Angeles.
“In a perfect scenario, this would be a place I could see myself playing out the rest of my career,” Lucic said on Saturday. “Again, obviously it’s no secret I’m on the last year of my contract and going into a summer where I could potentially be a UFA, but at the end of the day, I’m not too worried about that.”
Is it possible that Lucic was doing a little bit of damage control after acknowledging his childhood dream to play for the Vancouver Canucks to TSN in late August?
It seemingly almost happened before Lucic eventually landed in Los Angeles …
One way or another, Lucic can earn himself a lot of money if he clicks with the Kings … even if they’re not the team that ends up giving him the big bucks.