16-Year Veteran Enforcer Speaks On NHL Future Following Gold Medal Win

34-year-old forward for the Calgary Flames and Team Canada, Milan Lucic, is contemplating his future in professional hockey after winning a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships.

Lucic, an unrestricted free agent, spent the past four seasons with the Flames but is now considering his options for the next phase of his career.

Reflecting on his recent victory, Lucic stated, "I discussed it a few days ago. Over the next month, I will carefully consider my career's next move and the ideal fit for my future. For now, my primary focus is savoring this victory."

The veteran forward played a crucial role for Team Canada at the championship, showcasing his leadership qualities and contributing four points in ten games.

Lucic's teammate MacKenzie Weegar, who also won gold with Canada, spoke highly of Lucic's impact both on and off the ice. Weegar praised Lucic's abilities, including his playmaking skills, intimidating physical presence, and the respect he commands from opponents.

Weegar openly expressed his desire for Lucic to return to the Flames, emphasizing his value to the team.

Having completed the final year of his seven-year, $42 million contract signed with the Edmonton Oilers in 2016, Lucic's future remains uncertain.

However, his recent success and contributions to Team Canada have undoubtedly sparked interest and speculation among NHL teams. Lucic's decision regarding his next destination in the league will be anticipated by fans and potential suitors alike as he carefully considers his options over the coming weeks. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports