Milan Lucic’s fate is a tricky call for Bruins GM Don Sweeney

When he’s on his game, Milan Lucic (right) creates havoc; when he’s off his game, he creates consternation.

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The fate of the sturdy winger is one of the first big decisions facing Sweeney.

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The 27-year-old collected three goals and nine points at the recent World Championships.

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Top-seeded Anaheim bounced back nicely from a triple-overtime loss at home in Game 2.

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Sweeney said Claude Julien is the team’s coach “as of today,” but that he’d be evaluating his role in the coming days.

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Prepping for the draft and trying to trade Milan Lucic are also high on the to-do list for the former Bruins defenseman.

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