David Backes

Milan Lucic, as expected, signs with Edmonton

Milan Lucic, as expected, signs with Edmonton

All the talk about NHL belt tightening and cost containment turned out to be just that — talk.

The action started early on the opening day of NHL free agency — think Black Friday at the mall — and by the time the first hour passed, teams had spent $335 million on free agents.

As expected, free agent power forward Milan Lucic signed with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, a seven-year deal worth $42 million. Helping the Oilers edge the likes of Montreal was the presence of Edmonton’s star-in-the-making, Connor McDavid, and General Manager Peter Chiarelli, who had been Lucic’s GM in Boston.

Last year’s acquisition of Lucic proved...

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