February 27, 2012

Lucic: Cup win makes deadline day less stressful for B's

By Jesse Connolly

WILMINGTON – The NHL’s trade deadline is full of surprises, but year-after-year there’s one guarantee: Every last hockey fan will be glued to their television, radio or twitter feed from the moment they wake up, clamoring for up-to-the-minute, breaking news. 

As it turns out, the players they’re constantly champing at the bit for updates on follow the same routine.

“Well we were watching NHL Network this morning to see what some teams are looking to do or trying to do,” Bruins winger Milan Lucic said. “We just talked about some moves that have been or might become made. We feel pretty good about the group that we have here.”

It’s never an easy day for a player to go through, regardless of how secure they may feel in their current position.  

“For myself, I have the same feelings as every other year,” Lucic said of his mood heading into the final hours of deadline day. “You never know what to expect. It’s something you can’t control. You kind of want to go about it the same way as you do every other day, but obviously no matter who you are, it’s in the back of your mind.

“Obviously last year we went through it losing some good guys who were popular around the dressing room, but we gained guys who have become a big part of this team and have also stepped up to become really liked guys and key members of our hockey club.”

Lucic, of course, is referring to key acquisitions Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. The duo, of course, were instrumental in Boston capturing the Cup. That accomplishment undoubtedly makes today less pressure-packed, as the B’s as a group have more than proven what they’re capable of.

“I think so, for sure. When you show that something works and that this group can get it done, it kind of takes that uneasiness away,” said Lucic. “For us, we have great chemistry in this room and everyone likes each other. Management knows this and management likes what we have in this room and what we’ve created as an identity as a team and as an organization. They’ve done a great job in making the right changes.

Still, there’s a slim chance to Peter Chiarelli or any other general manager could receive an offer that knocks his socks off, encouraging him to make a bold, unexpected move.

Lucic and his teammates may feel comfortable after all that’s transpired in the past year, but one never knows what could transpire before 3 o’clock.

“You’re never safe no matter who you are,” Lucic said. “Like a lot of guys have said before, if Wayne Gretzky can be traded, then anybody can.”