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How Luongo's Contract Will Affect Trade Value... Not In The Way You Might Think.

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People are confused regarding who is in the position of strength here. The Canucks have two great goaltenders and a whole lot of talent on their roster. They don't need to make any changes in order to compete once again for another President's and take another playoff run at the Cup. Teams like Tampa need to compete for the few goaltenders available who can improve their team, or they risk another season with a mediocre backstop, and missing the playoffs. Luongo would give a team like Toronto their first realistic chance of making the playoffs in quite some time, and if you do the math, that would really pay off for an organization that is one of the longest standing jokes in the NHL. There are a few very old goaltenders, and a few relatively unproven guys available, but as those options drop off the table, or as people look realistically at who is the best option out there, Luongo looks more and more like the great goaltender he is. As a Canucks fan, I am not concerned at all - a win, win situation.

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Good Point: in the era of Buttmans Parody (spelling mistakes on purpose) the teams with solid fanbases and profits are paying crappy teams playing in non traditional hockey markets to beat them out of the playoffs with their own money.

My prediction: stanley cup finals series will have the lowest ratings in the modern era for the NHL final series. Anyone think differently?

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If people still believe that Luongo is an elite goalie in this league, then a $5.33 mil cap hit is not only manageable, but attractive. The problem is, many people don't believe that Luongo is in that elite category anymore. His numbers this year were pretty bad, and that was with the best team in the league in front of him. He has collapsed in the playoffs every year for the past 3 years (excluding this year when Schneider stole the #1 job). He's not getting any younger either. Even if a team is still very interested after considering all that, they have to realize that if they make the trade, they're locked in in a big way. These facts are enough to make any GM pause.

Can the trade be done? Probably. Will we get a good return for Luongo? No.

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Man; hockey players make too much money! :bigblush:

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