Milan Lucic feels like a kid again.
The newest member of the Edmonton Oilers signed a whopping seven-year, $42-million contract on the first day of free agency and met with the media hours later.
"It's such a refreshing feeling to come into a situation like this," Lucic said. "It's time for this team to have some attitude and swagger. I want to bring that to the lineup."
Twelve teams were courting Lucic, according to The Globe and Mail's James Mirtle. And make no mistake, Lucic chose Edmonton:
Lucic added that he'd been texting Oilers phenom Connor McDavid throughout the day, and said the chance to play with a generational talent like No. 97 doesn't come around often.
"Hopefully (head coach) Todd (McLellan) puts us on a line together," Lucic, who will wear No. 27, said.
"(Lucic) is a terrific, impactful player," general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "He's going to change a lot here just by the way he plays."
"I'm really happy with what we've done," Chiarelli said.