Edmonton Oilers power forward Milan Lucic is still a number of years away from retirement. The hulking left winger still has six years left on his current contract, and he could always sign one final farewell deal before he hangs up his skates for good.
While that retirement is a ways away, though, the Vancouver native knows what he’d like to get into.
Sportsnet reported that, while talking with Lucic, he admitted that he’d love to become a general manager once he moves his career off the ice.
“I definitely love everything that goes into putting a team together,” Lucic said. “It’s something that you think about. I would definitely love to get back into the management side of things one day.
“I’ve been in the league for 10 years now and I’ve seen how things progress and how things happen. You see talent. You see moves. Sometimes you scratch your head.”
He thinks that would be a better fit than coaching, since he admits that he’s not a big fan of sitting around and watching video – but for the business transaction side of things, the former Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings heavyweight would love to get involved.
There’s more to building a team than just looking at the financial side, of course. If Lucic truly wants to become a general manager, he may find himself having to overcome his distaste for video work. But as an off-ice career, there are certainly worse aspirations, and if he’s willing to put in the work it’s not out of the realm of possibility.