If Luongo was a gunslinger in the old west, he would be smart enough to know that sooner or later, someone is going to come along that is younger, faster and just icthin' for a showdown.
As great as Luongo is, the right decision for him is to get traded.
As a GM of the Canucks, MG has done the right thing for the club and signed Schneider to a contract. Luongo is the one who said he would waive his NTC and step aside if he wasn't going to be the #1 goalie in Vancouver. Luo is also the guy who is looking after himself and vitually demanding a trade to Florida....how is that MG's fault?
This whole thing could turn out to benefit everyone in the long run. Vancouver is not as close to the Cup as they thought they were and needed some changes. Moving Luongo gives them cap space to go after players that will help them more than having 2 bonafide #1 goalies. That is why MG won't just give Luongo away unless he gets some players or a player that is part of the plan to improve the team.
As far as Luongo, he will get traded to a team that desperately needs better goal tending and that may be in Florida which will put him close to his wife and kids.
The problem is that a couple of GM's out there that figure that they can get a true #1 goalie for a package of players that they don't want anymore. Players that have really big contracts and have not performed. What brain dead GM would reason that he can get a player that is a proven performer for a player that has not worked out? MG is doing his job in ensuring that Vancouver gets full value for a great goalie.
Lastly, it is rare that a goalie of Luongo's calibre and a smart GM would snap him up in a fair trade instead of playing 'one up' in front of the press. If he doesn't get a bonafide goalie when he is available and misses the playoffs again, he really should be fired. Once the season gets underway, there will be teams that will pony up to get better because they don't have the luxury of time to grandstand like they do at this point in the year.
Edited by bluesman60, 30 June 2012 - 02:44 PM.