Flyers Free-agent Target: Kings LW Milan Lucic

Each day from now until July 1, the day free agency begins, we will profile some of the NHL's top impending free agents and project their likelihood of signing with the Flyers.

Milan Lucic, left wing

Age: 28
Height: 6-3
Weight: 233
Last team: Los Angeles Kings
2015-16 cap hit: $6 million

Scouting report
Drafted 50th overall by the Boston Bruins in 2006, Lucic moved up to sixth overall in NHL.com's re-draft thanks to an impressive combination of size, skill and nastiness.

Lucic helped guide the Bruins to a Stanley Cup in 2010-2011, when he posted a career-high 30 goals and 62 points. Boston traded the left winger to Los Angeles last summer.

The Vancouver native finished his career in black and gold with 139 goals, 203 assists and 342 points in 566 games. He added 20 goals and 55 points in his lone season in L.A.

Through his time in the NHL, Lucic has shown a nasty side of his game. He once bulldozed then-Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, and has 58 fights on his card, per hockeyfights.com.

Through nine years, Lucic has 851 PIMs, 1,580 hits and is a four-time 20-goal scorer.

Projection
Lucic has positioned himself well for free agency, especially after last season. The 28-year-old finished fourth on the Kings with 20 goals and second 79 PIMs.

He enjoyed his time in Los Angeles and resumed his contract talks with the Kings last week, according to LA Kings Insider. The thinking is he wants to stay on the West Coast.

Would Lucic fit with the Flyers? Absolutely, as he checks all the boxes of what general manager Ron Hextall is looking for this offseason. Big, skilled, scorer.

But the question really is how much will it cost the Flyers financially, and for how long? Lucic is coming of a contract that carried a $6 million cap hit.

It's going to be similar to that, if not higher, and over term.

Is Lucic a player Hextall sees as a long-term fit, and if so, is he willing to hand out a contract that could stand in the way of re-signing a piece already here down the line?

The Flyers want to add a top-six forward this summer, so the idea of them pursuing Lucic makes sense. He would look good playing alongside Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek, as well on the power play. Lucic would give the orange and black another power-play option, too, which could help their dreadful second unit.

I just don't see the winger coming back east. I think he re-ups with L.A.

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