I just don't think you can keep Luongo. It's not a comment about which is better or even about youth/experience or even cap hit. At the end of the day management and the coaching staff decided that Luongo doesn't give us the best chance at winning and then said those words in the media. You can't do that to you supposed number one guy. He many not go draft day but he will go.
I don't think keeping both is our greatest option, no point paying 5 million for a guy sitting on your bench. The value you get back from Luongo is more than just the return, the cap space available and long term cap hit is gone, which might be a hard benefit to see but is a benefit none the less. Having said that I think trading Schiender is our worst option, I would rather keep both than trading him.
I think Luongo is a great goaltender and still has a tremendous amount of value, but for how long? Players get affected by age at different ages. A lot of top goalies play until their 40's, but you have to wonder about keeping a guy that's now leaving his prime. I think we've seen enough of a sample size from Cory that he can play top level hockey. It's time to let this kid take over and in doing so that leaves us with moving Luongo's contract one way or another.
I agree - I'm guessing Luongo to Florida tomorrow. Gillis and Tallon are playing poker as we speak...
The latest volleys from the Leafs and their media has motivated Gillis not to waste his time or get drawn into extended games and posturing with them. Another deal with our long time favorite trade partner.
Edited by oldnews, 20 June 2012 - 07:17 PM.