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Wayne Gretzky helped convince Milan Lucic to sign with Oilers

"The way I see it is, when the Great One calls you and tells you to go to Edmonton, you go to Edmonton, you don’t go anywhere else.”
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

If Milan Lucic was unsure about signing as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers, he got the extra push he needed from The Great One.

In an interview with Jeremy Roenick and Billy Jaffe on the RoenickLife Podcast, Lucic said he made a call to Wayne Gretzky to get some guidance on his decision. After talking to Gretzky, who spent nine of his most memorable NHL seasons in Edmonton, Lucic was convinced.

“I talked to him on the phone before I made my decision to go to Edmonton," Lucic said. "He just talked about what it was like for him to live in a place like Edmonton, and how it is to deal with their fans and he talked about how great their fans were and the friends. It was obviously really cool. The way I see it is, when the Great One calls you and tells you to go to Edmonton, you go to Edmonton, you don’t go anywhere else.”

Between the Gretzky endorsement, and the opportunity to play on the wing with Connor McDavid, Lucic signed on the dotted line, inking a seven-year, $42 million deal with the Oilers.

After spending his first eight seasons with the Boston Bruins, Lucic spent this past season with the Los Angeles Kings, another former Gretzky team. Lucic scored 20 goals and 55 points for the Kings, and was No. 4 on our list of the Top 30 available unrestricted free agents.

With Lucic now on the books for the next seven years in Edmonton, Gretzky may want to get to work convincing McDavid to sign long-term with the Oilers.

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