In regards to the goalie controversy, I'm a big Luongo fan, but I believe the management has shown their faith in Cory Schneider by putting the team on his back, when it needed it most-- during the playoffs. That they in fact, have chosen to go with the younger of the two and take a chance by making him the number one goaltender of this team.
They have sent a qualifying offer to CS, which should play out to be around the 3 mil range for two seasons.
So my proposal for a trade would be as follows, with the speculation that Lu will most likely be headed to T.O:
Luongo, 2nd (2012)
1st - 5th Overall (2012) Negotiation rights of Cody Franson, 3rd (2013) Conditional draft pick, dependant on whether or not Franson chooses to sign with the Canucks.
We could then proceed to draft a center like Galchenyuk (If available) or Grigorenko to play in Kesler's absence as he recovers from surgery. Even a good BC born D prospect like Griffin Reinhart or Morgan Rielly would suffice. After signing Cody Franson to a contract around the 1.5 to 2.5 mil range, we could then re-sign Sami Salo to a one year contract worth the same (2 mil) he played for last season.
As for forwards, I would very much like to see the Canucks go after a free agent like Jaromir Jagr and try to sign him to a contract for 4.5 mil for two seasons.
The line up would then be as follows to start the season:
Sedin - Sedin - Burrows
Booth - Grigorenko/Schroeder - Jagr
Higgins - Lapierre - Hansen
Raymond - Malhotra - Kassian
Hamhuis - Bieksa
Edler - Franson
Ballard - Salo
Alberts, Tanev, MAG (Re-signed)
Having Jagr and the Sedins come together on the first PP unit sounds too good to pass up! As for Lack, he has proven himself to a degree as one of the top goalies last season in the AHL. He deserves an opportunity to prove himself a little more, if only as a back up goaltender. There aren't too many options for back ups if we do decide to trade Luongo, so if he can't handle it then we could always pick up another back up via FA or trades. (Say for perhaps, Mason Raymond) Any suggestions?
We could then use the remaining 1st round pick (26th) to draft Malcolm Subban or another goalie, let's say Oscar Dansk? Who could take over the affiliate "Wolves" later on if Lack performs well in his back up role.
This trade however is dependant on the draft, and whether or not MG was bluffing when he said he didn't see any trades happening till after the draft, of course.
Edited by Kesler's Nose, 21 June 2012 - 06:06 PM.