Let me start off by asking this question: where in the world is Carmen San Diego? And by Carmen San Diego I mean Milan Lucic.
The Bruins extended Lucic to a three-year, $18 million contract before the season (that kicks in next year) and fans are starting to lose patience with the first-line power forward. The Vancouver native has four goals on the season and many of the B’s faithful probably can’t recall the last time he lit the lamp.
In his last eight games, Lucic has three assists while sporting a minus-6. Those are not numbers Claude Julien wants from his top-line left winger.
The last two years Lucic compiled 56 goals and 68 assists, and he was on pace for another solid season after tallying three goals and five assists in his first 11 games. Since then, however, Lucic has been the face of many Bruins’ fans milk cartons.
The sixth-year forward has only one goal in the last month and a half and its been painful watching him on the ice in that span. He looks slow, uninterested and he is not using his physical frame to out-muscle his opponents – another supposed strength in Lucic’s game.
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg has two goals in his last two games surpassing the Bruins forward over the past month, which is tough to comprehend.
Lucic’s frustrations are apparent to everyone. He is a physical player and he needs to get back to doing what he does best. When he uses his strength, goals seem easy to come by, and even when he isn’t scoring, many Bruins fans see Lucic display a chip on his shoulder on a nightly basis. But that hasn’t been the case over the last 19 games.
A wake-up call for Lucic could be coming, however. During today’s practice, Julien moved Lucic to the third line with Jordan Caron and Rich Peverley, while Brad Marchand took Lucic’s place with David Krejci and Nathan Horton and Daniel Paille moves in with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin, at least for the time being.
For a guy who scored 30 goals during the Bruins’ Cup run in 2010-11, Lucic is far from coming close to that production. And the Black and Gold will need that same killer instinct displayed by No. 17 two years ago sooner, rather than later.