I don't think so. One great year by Schneider under no pressure and one bad year post-SCF from Luongo does not make it that Luongo is traded for sure. Schneider is not there yet and Luongo has been there for a long time.
Really? Do you honestly believe that?
This Schneider fanfare is great for fans and the Luongo saga is even better.
Okay, good for the fans
, but is that toxicity good for Luongo and his current team-mates both on and off the ice? I'm sure the rest of the team would love that daily barrage of media driven garbage questioning.
With Luongo, so far it is Florida or nowhere. As of today, the chances of Luongo landing in T.O. is Saturdays January 12. Chicago, the only other team mentioned vocally by Luongo, makes as much sense for the Canucks to trade him there as Luongo signing a fifteen year deal with one team and then waiving his NTC. Luongo is an extremely smart man and no better choice of team to chose than Chicago to insure he doesn't get traded. Toronto on the other hand might look ridiculous now with their lowball offer but it is only early posturing by Burke. As he sees his team falter, his face will get redder and he'll increase his offer. But Luongo says no via NTC.
Yet Luongo said himself he'd be willing to waive it.
The question here then becomes this:
Is it better to have Schneider with what Lungo could bring in or is it better to have Luongo with what Schneider can bring in.
Actually, no. The question becomes, "Is Luongo currently happy in Vancouver or does he want a change of scenery?"
Asked on the Jeff O'Neil Show whether Luongo expected to be wearing a Canucks sweater in the fall, the 33-year-old netminder said, "I would never say never, you never know. I think we all know what's going on and seen what's developed, and at the end of the day, it's time to move on and I'm OK with that."
"I've had a great six years in Vancouver. I think its a wonderful city, I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to bring a Stanley Cup there, which was probably my biggest regret. But it will be remembered for six great years."
Luongo told reporters in May that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause, and potential suitors that have been bandied about include the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The terms of Luongo's contract could make a trade difficult, however. There are 10 seasons left on the 12-year deal he signed in 2010 and it carries a salary cap hit of $5.33 million US per season.
"Maybe [the contract]'s a bit of a handicap for me right now to be able to decide as far as how many teams are really interested in my services," Luongo said. "There's a few teams on there that I'd be willing to look at."
"Obviously Florida is my home in the off-season and makes sense, [there are] family reasons why [but] at the end of the day it's hockey, also. There’s not many years left in my career even though I got a long contract; I want to be focused on a chance to do something."
Luongo's days in Vancouver clearly numbered
Asked whether he’d tell Canucks GM Mike Gillis he'd use his no-trade clause to remain in Vancouver, Luongo said it was clear his days in Vancouver are numbered.
"I think it’s really time to move on, I don’t think it was either one of us, either I demanded a trade or Mike suggest I leave, but I think it was more of a mutual understanding that it was time for me to go and Cory [Schneider] to take over."
Luongo was asked Friday about how he learned that Schneider was being signed to the lucrative contract.
"Nobody called me, but I think that was to be expected. We've all seen what he's done in Vancouver the last couple of years," said Luongo. "He's a tremendous talent. The main thing that I like about him is that he's a got a great head on his shoulders."
"He's a player that's going to be able to handle the job and handle the market with that pressure. He's going to be a star in this league, there's no question about that, and he's going to probably win a few Vezinas."
The Canucks acquired Luongo in a trade with the Florida Panthers in 2006. He has 339 career wins in the NHL with 60 shutouts, a 2.52 goals-against average and a .919 saves percentage.
Since arriving in British Columbia, Luongo has led Vancouver to the playoffs five times. The Canucks have also won the President's Trophy for the league's best regular season record the past two years.
He has 32 wins in 61 playoff appearances with a 2.53 GAA and a .916 saves percentage.
Old news but I don't think it gets any clearer than that and, personally, I don't begrudge him one bit. If I were him I'd also rather be around my wife and kids in Florida where there's no ridiculous media over-coverage nor is there a rabid fan base that takes their hockey too seriously (ie burning their own city over it) that boos its own players on a regular basis.
Edited by Millerdraft, 20 August 2012 - 10:17 PM.