NHL

Flames, Oilers swap struggling veterans as Neal goes north for Lucic

The Edmonton Oilers have dealt Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames for fellow veteran forward James Neal.

Pair combined for just 13 goals this past season

The Calgary Flames have sent James Neal, left, to the Edmonton Oilers for MIlan Lucic, right. (Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers have dealt Milan Lucic to the Calgary Flames for fellow veteran forward James Neal.

The Flames confirmed the deal on Friday night.

Calgary also gets a conditional third round pick in the 2020 NHL draft. Edmonton will also retain 12.5 per cent of Lucic's remaining contract.

Lucic signed a seven-year, $42-million US contract with Edmonton on July 1, 2016, but hasn't lived up to that hefty price tag.

He had six goals and 14 assists with a minus-9 defensive rating over 79 games with the Oilers last season.

After the trade was made official Lucic tweeted a photo of a Flames jersey with his name and No. 17 on the back.

Neal had seven goals and 12 assists with a minus-5 rating in 63 games for Calgary last season.

Like Lucic, Neal was a big-name free agent signing for Calgary last summer but didn't meet expectations after agreeing to a five-year, $28.75 million deal on July 2, 2018.

His seven goals last season was the fewest he had scored in his 11 NHL seasons.