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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:20 AM

But they have Reimer...............
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:33 AM

But they have Reimer...............

And Scrivens... :bigblush:
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In my eyes drouin is overrated he can score in the qmjhl but did nothing in last two gold medal games that canada lost. Fox will be better pro than him talk to me in five yrs

Gaudreau has one NHL goal whereas all your "prized" prospects have none.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:04 AM

MG will be amazing if he manages to pull off a good deal at this point. Not trading a goalie at the deadline means he -has- to do it now. And teams know that. They will offer as little as possible because they know that MG has to get rid of a goalie at some point.

Another flaw was giving Schneider a contract where he could simply walk out after it's done and test the waters of FA.

Schneider might as well be a rental type contract and Luongo has a franchise player type of contract. Canucks really have no cards at all to play with the goalie situation right now. We also have no attractive prospects to package because, well.. for whatever reason, we traded Hodgson by himself, instead of packaging him with a goalie and making it a good looking piece. Luongo + Hodgson + 1st might've looked good for CBJ with Nash. Or even Schneider if we went down that road. But now we got Kassian, who in all honesty, I am actually pretty excited about, but we could've probably done better if it was a bigger package. Now we have no cards with a big contract.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:12 AM

MG will be amazing if he manages to pull off a good deal at this point. Not trading a goalie at the deadline means he -has- to do it now. And teams know that. They will offer as little as possible because they know that MG has to get rid of a goalie at some point.

Another flaw was giving Schneider a contract where he could simply walk out after it's done and test the waters of FA.

Schneider might as well be a rental type contract and Luongo has a franchise player type of contract. Canucks really have no cards at all to play with the goalie situation right now. We also have no attractive prospects to package because, well.. for whatever reason, we traded Hodgson by himself, instead of packaging him with a goalie and making it a good looking piece. Luongo + Hodgson + 1st might've looked good for CBJ with Nash. Or even Schneider if we went down that road. But now we got Kassian, who in all honesty, I am actually pretty excited about, but we could've probably done better if it was a bigger package. Now we have no cards with a big contract.


I think you may have had a point but it ran away from you. In terms of contract situation 3 years of Schneider is far more attractive than 10 years of Luongo. I don't think Luongo would have waived his clause for Columbus anyway. I do agree though that Hodgson trade at the deadline was poorly timed.

Luongo has devalued himself by going on the radio, saying "it's time". He has no intention of being here in September or whenever training camp ends up happening. Luongo furthered his situation by condensing his list of teams, 2 of which are in Florida. I hope this helps straighten out your point about Gillis losing bargaining power.

In my opinion I think something will go down soon, this is again dependent upon the CBA. I remember Lack stating he wanted to see how the Luongo situation panned out before he signed, now that he is signed does he know something we don't?
If we get back a decent prospect and roster player for Luongo alone I'd say we broke even.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

MG will be amazing if he manages to pull off a good deal at this point.


So how is MG going to "pull off a good deal" when he basically has one team to trade Luongo to?

It's obvious that Luongo is only waiving his no trade to go to FLORIDA.

Take all the other proposals with other teams and throw them out the window. These Luongo to Tor, NJ, TB, CHI are all hogwash.

I wouldn't be surprised if the trade is already done and just waiting to be announced once the CBA is resolved!
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:08 PM

What are the odds of Luongo wanting to stay if we DID trade Scheider? Would he accept this team still, or does he want out no matter what?
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:05 PM

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:32 PM

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Jose Theodore says he hasn't spoken to #FlaPanthers nor #Canucks regarding any movement. Says he wants to stay in FL


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Theodore told me today that he has indeed heard all the rumors -- and he is quite used to such talk. No big deal. And while he wouldn't answer my question on whether he was asked by the Panthers to waive his NTC, he did say he hasn't spoken to anyone with the Panthers or the Canucks.

Theodore did say, as I have as well, that with the labor uncertainty neither the Panthers nor Canucks are in any hurry to do anything just yet. Not saying a deal will get done -- but I'm not saying it can't, either


Read more here: http://miamiherald.t.../#storylink=cpy



Somewhat contradicts earlier reports from LeBrun that Theodore refused to waive his NTC for Van.

Edited by RunningWild, 28 August 2012 - 04:39 PM.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:43 PM

What are the odds of Luongo wanting to stay if we DID trade Scheider? Would he accept this team still, or does he want out no matter what?


If he wanted out no matter what he would increase his desired destination list by 10-15 teams.

The way I see it is he's playing hard ball with the team and rightly so; trade me home (Florida) or trade me to our number one enemy (Chicago).

If it were about distance, Luongo who plays for the second farthest team away from Florida, would not have re-signed with Vancouver.

Luongo or any man for that matter, without local fan support, is a dud. Luongo with local fan support is a high rank top notch superstar goaltender who will get you to an SCF; he has done it.

Schneider's contract is a perfectly tradable contract for any team who wants an up and coming goaltender.

What fans fail to recognize is that Schneider has been fully hyped so as to maximize potential returns.

Gillis did not refuse to trade Schneider to Columbus, Nash refused to waive his NTC. He wanted to go to NYR all along. Making him "unavailable" only increases his value around the league. People pay much more for what seems they cannot get.

Luongo will retire a Canucks and will mentor Lack as Schneider was mentored while finally erasing the goalie graveyard tag once and for all.

All he needs, is the support from fans. Unfortunately, that might take burning down a few media outlets along the way.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:28 PM

If he wanted out no matter what he would increase his desired destination list by 10-15 teams.

The way I see it is he's playing hard ball with the team and rightly so; trade me home (Florida) or trade me to our number one enemy (Chicago).

If it were about distance, Luongo who plays for the second farthest team away from Florida, would not have re-signed with Vancouver.

Luongo or any man for that matter, without local fan support, is a dud. Luongo with local fan support is a high rank top notch superstar goaltender who will get you to an SCF; he has done it.

Schneider's contract is a perfectly tradable contract for any team who wants an up and coming goaltender.

What fans fail to recognize is that Schneider has been fully hyped so as to maximize potential returns.

Gillis did not refuse to trade Schneider to Columbus, Nash refused to waive his NTC. He wanted to go to NYR all along. Making him "unavailable" only increases his value around the league. People pay much more for what seems they cannot get.

Luongo will retire a Canucks and will mentor Lack as Schneider was mentored while finally erasing the goalie graveyard tag once and for all.

All he needs, is the support from fans. Unfortunately, that might take burning down a few media outlets along the way.


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:53 PM

If he wanted out no matter what he would increase his desired destination list by 10-15 teams.

The way I see it is he's playing hard ball with the team and rightly so; trade me home (Florida) or trade me to our number one enemy (Chicago).

If it were about distance, Luongo who plays for the second farthest team away from Florida, would not have re-signed with Vancouver.

Luongo or any man for that matter, without local fan support, is a dud. Luongo with local fan support is a high rank top notch superstar goaltender who will get you to an SCF; he has done it.

Schneider's contract is a perfectly tradable contract for any team who wants an up and coming goaltender.

What fans fail to recognize is that Schneider has been fully hyped so as to maximize potential returns.

Gillis did not refuse to trade Schneider to Columbus, Nash refused to waive his NTC. He wanted to go to NYR all along. Making him "unavailable" only increases his value around the league. People pay much more for what seems they cannot get.

Luongo will retire a Canucks and will mentor Lack as Schneider was mentored while finally erasing the goalie graveyard tag once and for all.

All he needs, is the support from fans. Unfortunately, that might take burning down a few media outlets along the way.


Luongo is gone once the CBA is figured out, or earlier. I think you like the "goalie graveyard" tag.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:55 PM

If he wanted out no matter what he would increase his desired destination list by 10-15 teams.

The way I see it is he's playing hard ball with the team and rightly so; trade me home (Florida) or trade me to our number one enemy (Chicago).

If it were about distance, Luongo who plays for the second farthest team away from Florida, would not have re-signed with Vancouver.

Luongo or any man for that matter, without local fan support, is a dud. Luongo with local fan support is a high rank top notch superstar goaltender who will get you to an SCF; he has done it.

Schneider's contract is a perfectly tradable contract for any team who wants an up and coming goaltender.

What fans fail to recognize is that Schneider has been fully hyped so as to maximize potential returns.

Gillis did not refuse to trade Schneider to Columbus, Nash refused to waive his NTC. He wanted to go to NYR all along. Making him "unavailable" only increases his value around the league. People pay much more for what seems they cannot get.

Luongo will retire a Canucks and will mentor Lack as Schneider was mentored while finally erasing the goalie graveyard tag once and for all.

All he needs, is the support from fans. Unfortunately, that might take burning down a few media outlets along the way.

Luongo's being traded. Get over it.
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In my eyes drouin is overrated he can score in the qmjhl but did nothing in last two gold medal games that canada lost. Fox will be better pro than him talk to me in five yrs

Gaudreau has one NHL goal whereas all your "prized" prospects have none.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:03 PM

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Read more here: http://miamiherald.t.../#storylink=cpy



Somewhat contradicts earlier reports from LeBrun that Theodore refused to waive his NTC for Van.


Thanks

Can you post this in the news thread so I don't have to read the rest of the jabber?
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:00 PM

If he wanted out no matter what he would increase his desired destination list by 10-15 teams.

The way I see it is he's playing hard ball with the team and rightly so; trade me home (Florida) or trade me to our number one enemy (Chicago).

If it were about distance, Luongo who plays for the second farthest team away from Florida, would not have re-signed with Vancouver.

Luongo or any man for that matter, without local fan support, is a dud. Luongo with local fan support is a high rank top notch superstar goaltender who will get you to an SCF; he has done it.

Schneider's contract is a perfectly tradable contract for any team who wants an up and coming goaltender.

What fans fail to recognize is that Schneider has been fully hyped so as to maximize potential returns.

Gillis did not refuse to trade Schneider to Columbus, Nash refused to waive his NTC. He wanted to go to NYR all along. Making him "unavailable" only increases his value around the league. People pay much more for what seems they cannot get.

Luongo will retire a Canucks and will mentor Lack as Schneider was mentored while finally erasing the goalie graveyard tag once and for all.

All he needs, is the support from fans. Unfortunately, that might take burning down a few media outlets along the way.

That is soooo far off the mark...defies explanation...but bravo for thinking wayyyy outa the box !!
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:07 PM

That is soooo far off the mark...defies explanation...but bravo for thinking wayyyy outa the box !!


Explain.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:10 PM

Explain.

You continue to say Schneider will be traded when everyone that's a fan of the NHL knows Luongo will be the one shown the door.
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In my eyes drouin is overrated he can score in the qmjhl but did nothing in last two gold medal games that canada lost. Fox will be better pro than him talk to me in five yrs

Gaudreau has one NHL goal whereas all your "prized" prospects have none.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:17 PM

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:06 PM

You continue to say Schneider will be traded when everyone that's a fan of the NHL knows Luongo will be the one shown the door.


Not necessarily.

Sensemaker does make sense.

Läck seems to be dominating the AHL like Schneider was during his tenure in the minors. All directions seemingly lead to Läck being a very successful goaltender for us in the future. That being said, would Gillis really want to get a low return for Luongo only to have seemingly another goalie controversy down the road with Schneider and Läck?

Luongo is still a top goaltender -- he just had an off year, like everyone else on our team. Recall, he had his best season and was in contention of the Vezina two seasons ago. Moreover, with the departure of Ehrhoff our defence was given the green light to produce points. Consequently, we lost our composure and formidable defensive structure quite often last season. Adding Garrison, a defensive specialist with a bomb of a shot, to our backend will improve our defence and help Luongo return to elite-level status.

Yes, Luongo is most likely to be shown the door, but Gillis will not trade Luongo at his current value. Recall, Gillis and Vigneault made Cody Hodgson into something they could trade at maximum value for (although the timing of the trade is questionable). Luongo right now will not get a great return. Schneider on the other hand is at his maximum value. Schneider has seemingly surpassed Luongo to claim the number 1 spot on a President's Trophy team and is signed to a really good contract. Imagine what a package including Schneider and one of our prospects and a 1st rounder could get..

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that our window for a cup is now and the next few years. The Sedins -- and Burrows for that matter -- can only play at an elite level for so long. Once they decline we won't have anyone else to replace their scoring. Kesler can not be relied on scoring every single game against top pairing defences. Booth, a player very similar to Kesler, is just as inconsistent. Unless they form amazing chemistry together (a la Kesler and Burrows) and become consistent they will be relegated to secondary scoring duties.

Furthermore, most of our prospects are years away from even making the team in a 3rd line role. Schroeder, a once promising prospect, has stumbled since being drafted but is now getting back on track. Jensen, our most talented prospect, will most likely take another 2 to 3 years before he rounds out his game enough to garner a roster spot. Kassian, barring a miraculous offseason, will be put either on the fourth line or in the AHL. He'll still need a few more years before he surpasses Higgins and Hansen to be put on the third line wing.

My point is, Luongo can get us a second liner or a mid level prospect and a pick. Schneider, or a Schneider package, can possibly get us a first line talent with solid potential or an offensive stud. Bobby Ryan comes to mind (yes they have Hiller but there were rumours of Perry or Ryan to Vancouver for a Schneider package earlier this year). Trading Schneider for the right guy will help us now for our cup run and in the future, moreso than a desperate Luongo trade to Florida for Versteeg or Matthias and a pick. The positive impact from a Schneider trade has the potential to be tremendously bigger than a Luongo trade.

It just makes more sense for the team to trade Schneider than Luongo.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:50 PM

Not necessarily.

Sensemaker does make sense.

Läck seems to be dominating the AHL like Schneider was during his tenure in the minors. All directions seemingly lead to Läck being a very successful goaltender for us in the future. That being said, would Gillis really want to get a low return for Luongo only to have seemingly another goalie controversy down the road with Schneider and Läck?

Luongo is still a top goaltender -- he just had an off year, like everyone else on our team. Recall, he had his best season and was in contention of the Vezina two seasons ago. Moreover, with the departure of Ehrhoff our defence was given the green light to produce points. Consequently, we lost our composure and formidable defensive structure quite often last season. Adding Garrison, a defensive specialist with a bomb of a shot, to our backend will improve our defence and help Luongo return to elite-level status.

Yes, Luongo is most likely to be shown the door, but Gillis will not trade Luongo at his current value. Recall, Gillis and Vigneault made Cody Hodgson into something they could trade at maximum value for (although the timing of the trade is questionable). Luongo right now will not get a great return. Schneider on the other hand is at his maximum value. Schneider has seemingly surpassed Luongo to claim the number 1 spot on a President's Trophy team and is signed to a really good contract. Imagine what a package including Schneider and one of our prospects and a 1st rounder could get..

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that our window for a cup is now and the next few years. The Sedins -- and Burrows for that matter -- can only play at an elite level for so long. Once they decline we won't have anyone else to replace their scoring. Kesler can not be relied on scoring every single game against top pairing defences. Booth, a player very similar to Kesler, is just as inconsistent. Unless they form amazing chemistry together (a la Kesler and Burrows) and become consistent they will be relegated to secondary scoring duties.

Furthermore, most of our prospects are years away from even making the team in a 3rd line role. Schroeder, a once promising prospect, has stumbled since being drafted but is now getting back on track. Jensen, our most talented prospect, will most likely take another 2 to 3 years before he rounds out his game enough to garner a roster spot. Kassian, barring a miraculous offseason, will be put either on the fourth line or in the AHL. He'll still need a few more years before he surpasses Higgins and Hansen to be put on the third line wing.

My point is, Luongo can get us a second liner or a mid level prospect and a pick. Schneider, or a Schneider package, can possibly get us a first line talent with solid potential or an offensive stud. Bobby Ryan comes to mind (yes they have Hiller but there were rumours of Perry or Ryan to Vancouver for a Schneider package earlier this year). Trading Schneider for the right guy will help us now for our cup run and in the future, moreso than a desperate Luongo trade to Florida for Versteeg or Matthias and a pick. The positive impact from a Schneider trade has the potential to be tremendously bigger than a Luongo trade.

It just makes more sense for the team to trade Schneider than Luongo.


Bang on. It only makes sense since Schneider was given a perfectly tradable contract.

I believe your points are perfectly elaborated upon.

Look for Luongo to have an excellent year with the Canucks and Achneider to be packaged for some serious secondary scoring like Kane or as you say, Ryan or Perry.

Reactive fans buying whatever they're sold. Right now they're sold an illusion.

Luongo has already broken many records and he's not ven close to retire. Fans' reaction? He's too good to have a down year so let's lynch him out of town.

Makes no sense.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:51 PM

You continue to say Schneider will be traded when everyone that's a fan of the NHL knows Luongo will be the one shown the door.


"Everyone" does not qualify as fact or explanation.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 01:59 PM

"Everyone" does not qualify as fact or explanation.

Did Schneider say...

"Its been a great six years, but its time to move on."?
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In my eyes drouin is overrated he can score in the qmjhl but did nothing in last two gold medal games that canada lost. Fox will be better pro than him talk to me in five yrs

Gaudreau has one NHL goal whereas all your "prized" prospects have none.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:02 PM

"Everyone" does not qualify as fact or explanation.


Gillis is a long-term thinker. Whether or not you believe Lu is better than Cory, Lu had a slow year last year which could very much signal a decline in his performance. I believe he has at best 2-3 yrs of top 15 performance in the league.

Cory is just hitting his stride and shows the mental and physical ability to be a top goalie in the league for 10 years!! That is why his value is so high and that is why, Gillis wants to keep him.

No guarantees Lack is going to develop to teh extent Cory has. Lack has not been dominant though he shows much promise. Cory dominated when he was in junior and last year, had phenomenal stats against some of the league's top teams and in the playoffs.

Cory is a far better long term solution for a team that wants to ice a competitive team every year.

Edited by DIBdaQUIB, 29 August 2012 - 02:04 PM.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:06 PM

One quote from Luongo at a poker tournament is what everyone places their bets on. Nobody ever suggests that he might be in on Operation Inflate Schneider's Value, that he might have said something like that in collusion with Gillis and the rest of management.

I agree that it would make more sense to trade Schneider. Things could go either way at this point. Think back to early February and how many people would have believed Cody Hodgson was on the verge of being traded....
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:04 PM

Not necessarily.

Sensemaker does make sense.

Läck seems to be dominating the AHL like Schneider was during his tenure in the minors. All directions seemingly lead to Läck being a very successful goaltender for us in the future. That being said, would Gillis really want to get a low return for Luongo only to have seemingly another goalie controversy down the road with Schneider and Läck?

Luongo is still a top goaltender -- he just had an off year, like everyone else on our team. Recall, he had his best season and was in contention of the Vezina two seasons ago. Moreover, with the departure of Ehrhoff our defence was given the green light to produce points. Consequently, we lost our composure and formidable defensive structure quite often last season. Adding Garrison, a defensive specialist with a bomb of a shot, to our backend will improve our defence and help Luongo return to elite-level status.

Yes, Luongo is most likely to be shown the door, but Gillis will not trade Luongo at his current value. Recall, Gillis and Vigneault made Cody Hodgson into something they could trade at maximum value for (although the timing of the trade is questionable). Luongo right now will not get a great return. Schneider on the other hand is at his maximum value. Schneider has seemingly surpassed Luongo to claim the number 1 spot on a President's Trophy team and is signed to a really good contract. Imagine what a package including Schneider and one of our prospects and a 1st rounder could get..

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that our window for a cup is now and the next few years. The Sedins -- and Burrows for that matter -- can only play at an elite level for so long. Once they decline we won't have anyone else to replace their scoring. Kesler can not be relied on scoring every single game against top pairing defences. Booth, a player very similar to Kesler, is just as inconsistent. Unless they form amazing chemistry together (a la Kesler and Burrows) and become consistent they will be relegated to secondary scoring duties.

Furthermore, most of our prospects are years away from even making the team in a 3rd line role. Schroeder, a once promising prospect, has stumbled since being drafted but is now getting back on track. Jensen, our most talented prospect, will most likely take another 2 to 3 years before he rounds out his game enough to garner a roster spot. Kassian, barring a miraculous offseason, will be put either on the fourth line or in the AHL. He'll still need a few more years before he surpasses Higgins and Hansen to be put on the third line wing.

My point is, Luongo can get us a second liner or a mid level prospect and a pick. Schneider, or a Schneider package, can possibly get us a first line talent with solid potential or an offensive stud. Bobby Ryan comes to mind (yes they have Hiller but there were rumours of Perry or Ryan to Vancouver for a Schneider package earlier this year). Trading Schneider for the right guy will help us now for our cup run and in the future, moreso than a desperate Luongo trade to Florida for Versteeg or Matthias and a pick. The positive impact from a Schneider trade has the potential to be tremendously bigger than a Luongo trade.

It just makes more sense for the team to trade Schneider than Luongo.


Yeah, the whole team had an off year. President's trophy isn't very good.

The rest I agree with, but we didn't have an off year just because we lost in the playoffs.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:05 PM

Yeah, the whole team had an off year. President's trophy isn't very good.

The rest I agree with, but we didn't have an off year just because we lost in the playoffs.

K I shouldn't have said the whole team had an off year, but our main guys surely didn't play up to expectations. The Twins were under 1 PPG, Kesler had less than 50 points, and Edler, although nearly reaching 50 point d-man status, was exposed on the defensive side of things more often than before. We didn't dominate games like we did in 2010.11, but we still managed to win enough of them to get the President's Trophy.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:07 PM

One quote from Luongo at a poker tournament is what everyone places their bets on. Nobody ever suggests that he might be in on Operation Inflate Schneider's Value, that he might have said something like that in collusion with Gillis and the rest of management.

I agree that it would make more sense to trade Schneider. Things could go either way at this point. Think back to early February and how many people would have believed Cody Hodgson was on the verge of being traded....


"operation inflate Schneider's value". I could not have said it better. To me, this is EXACTLY what this is. Luongo did say something about "helping the team".

This place is starting to make sense finally.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 06:30 PM

"operation inflate Schneider's value". I could not have said it better. To me, this is EXACTLY what this is. Luongo did say something about "helping the team".

This place is starting to make sense finally.

I don't believe in this conspiracy theory.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:25 PM

I don't believe in this conspiracy theory.


Conspiracy theory? Increasing asset value is not conspiracy theory.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:02 PM

"operation inflate Schneider's value". I could not have said it better. To me, this is EXACTLY what this is. Luongo did say something about "helping the team".

This place is starting to make sense finally.


Quite the operation. Did this plan start with Chicago 4 years ago?
Looks like all the players were in on it last year because they only tried hard in front of Cory to make him look good, and Lu looked bad on purpose to raise Cory's value. Then when playoffs come get the coach to put in Cory for 3 straight games with the season on the line because raising Cory's value after winning Presidents trophy and being a finalist the year before if wayyyy more important than winning a cup, and then get Lu to say it is time to move on to trick all the other GM's int he league to overpay for Cory.
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