1. Logically he should broaden his list as frustration sitting on the bench sits in. This is a guy who's been a starter his entire career, and would want to start some where else. Maybe it's an ego thing going back to Florida, as he would have the claim of leading two franchises in wins, games played etc.
I doubt it. The Canucks are more desperate to move him than he is to leave, I would think. He's getting what he wants. There was supposedly a trade to Toronto earlier in the summer, which Lou vetoed.
In addition, don't forget that even if there WASN'T an NTC, there are really only a very small amount of teams that would have interest in Luongo to begin with. Not a lot of openings for starting goaltenders out there, especially for 33 year-olds with 9 years remaining on their deal.
2. Of course his value declines sitting on the bench, but when teams like Washington, Toronto, Tampa Bay etc. realize two months in that their goaltending won't get them into the playoffs they will come asking Gillis what's his cost.
Luongo still controls where he goes. So in effect, in implementing this strategy, you're hoping that at least 1 of those 3 teams gets off to a terrible two-month start, where it's shown plainly that they need goaltending, and THEN you need Luongo to sign off on the deal. Sounds like a pretty long-odd parlay bet, to me.
It's better to wait now than let Luongo dictate where he wants to go, which would mean a lesser return in the trade. I don't think you'll find a team mate who speaks badly of Luongo, so the criticism about his role in the team is probably not warranted- I acknowledge that.
HE'S ALREADY DICTATING WHERE HE WANTS TO GO!
Botchford said that there was a trade sending Lou to TO for Schenn, which Lou vetoed. My opinion is that he wants to either go to Florida, or Chicago. Nothing else. Florida for family reasons, Chicago for hockey reasons. And there's really no reason for Luongo to ease up on his stance. He's got the hammer.
And by the way, whether he's a nice guy or not is irrelevant, this would be a MAJOR distraction that would not serve the team any way but poorly. Mike Gillis would be very smart to make a move now, while this whole debacle has been (surprisingly) relatively low-key. Luongo's two press quips have been calculated and with a purpose; he wants this done quick.