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Saturday, March 1, 2014
Lucic weighs in on Blues' trade for Miller

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Bruins forward Milan Lucic has a history with rival goaltender Ryan Miller, stemming from their altercation on Nov. 12, 2011.

During Boston's 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres that day at TD Garden, Lucic slammed into Miller after the goalie came out of the crease to play the puck. Miller suffered a concussion on the play and later called Lucic "gutless."

On Friday, the Sabres traded Miller, along with forward Steve Ott, to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goalie Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, a first-round pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round pick in 2016.

Lucic, who pays close attention to everything that happens in all professional sports, spoke Saturday about the blockbuster deal.

"Yeah, it's a big trade," Lucic said. "It's been a while since a big-name player has been moved like that. Obviously, it makes St. Louis a lot better between the pipes. They're already in first place in the Central Division and this trade just makes them better."

Lucic also broke down what the Sabres received in return, and all the draft picks Buffalo now has in the next few drafts.

With the NHL trade deadline set for March 5 at 3 p.m., Lucic says he keeps track of all the speculation.

"You see what's out there and obviously rumors are rumors and you try not to pay too much attention to them," Lucic said. "Obviously when there's rumors swirling around your team about what the additions could be, and stuff like that, it's hard to ignore.

"I don't think I play GM, but at the end of the day, you see it just like anyone else, like all the other players do around the league and definitely when trades are made you pay attention to them because you see what teams have done to add and subtract."