1st off, I doubt MG will be offering further contracts that look anything like Lu's so to ask Lu to part or play 2nd fiddle is in the cards. Lu will request a trade if he can't be the deisgnated starter.
I disagree that LU has shown he can take us all the way. He has, as far as I'm concerned shown the exact opposite. He had regula melt-downs in the playoffs last year agains CHicago and Boston. He showed up for 4 games against Chicago and 3 against Boston. Simply not good enough. Look at Quick this las series...he wasn't as good as Cory but he made our guys work for every goal. Not a single softy. Even in game 2 this year, Lu let in a softy. He's inconsistent and on the decline. Time to mive on wiht COry.
Oh...and why would we fdraft a high first rounder: develop him for 6 years; show case him as a future super star goalie and then trade him for a high first rounder?!! Absolute insanity!
Lets see Quick play like that for 4 straight series. He won't be able to.
Luongo is not the only one that has meltdowns. Our D has consistently been melting down ever since AV got here. Edler and Bieksa are constant turnover machines when they try and pinch, and Luongo can only bail us out so many times.
We would trade him for a high first round pick because it would likely be a franchise player that can make an impact right away. Putting a guy like Grigerenko on our second line would give us a cheap impact player and allow us to spend more money upgrading our D.