Jun 19, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) scores a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the second period in game four of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

You Shall Not Covet Milan Lucic

You either love him, or you hate him. That’s Milan Lucic. Bruin’s fans, though, worship the ice he skates on; his hometown hockey hero status gets stronger with every passing season.

What’s there to like about Milan Lucic? Well, let’s start with 6’4”, 230 and, at 25 years old, he’s just coming into his prime. Milan’s physical play is classic for a power forward with a bad attitude; he’s racked up over 100 PIM’s for three of his five campaigns with the Bruins. In addition, he knows how to find the back of the net with 61 and 62 points in his last two seasons.

Forty-nine players were selected before Milan Lucic in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. I wonder how many GM’s who passed him over then are kicking themselves now.

His resume is pretty impressive. He’s earned a Memorial Cup, a Stanley Cup and in 2007 he wore the “C” for Team Canada in the Super Series against Russia.

With a salary of $5.5 million in the coming season, is he worth it? — Every penny, and then some according to those who follow the Bruins. In 22 playoff games this season, he had 19 points and was a +12.

As the Tampa Bay Lightning examine their roster needs with a view to the future, a power forward the caliber of Milan Lucic has to be high on their list.

I hate the Bruins. It’s Milan Lucic, though, that I covet.

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