If Luongo doesn't wind up on an Eastern team, I'll be shocked. The longer this offseason goes on, the tougher next season looks to be for Eastern goaltenders, and I can just see Doan, Ryan, and Semin all winding up in the East along with Nash and Weber (I think he'll be traded to Philly 'cause if we're all just waiting for Nashville to match it would've been done by now).
I'm loving the fact that Gillis is being so patient, 'cause with no other bona fide starters floating around looking for new digs, eventually some Eastern GM is gonna wake up and realize they should bite the bullet and cough up something closer to what Gillis is looking for.
As an aside, would it really be so bad if Luongo stuck around until the trade deadline, anyways? He and Schneider have been leaning more and more towards a tandem than a starter/backup pairing in recent years and there's been NO sign of friction between the two of them (unless you count winning the Jennings together a couple years ago "friction" but I can live with that kind of stress)... I think they're both consummate professionals who can forget about who's 1st/2nd and simply concentrate on stopping pucks until the right deal comes along for Gillis to pull the trigger on, and even though I'm a born pessimist, I just don't see this turning into a case of Luongo (or Schneider, for that matter) becoming a cancer in the locker room in the meantime...
Edited by stuckinontario, 24 July 2012 - 07:03 AM.