It doesn't appear that their proposal calls for a rollback in the current value of contracts and their cap hits... it will basically just be taken care of in escrow.
Also... yes it would be easy to find a trading partner for Luongo if we were able and willing to take on some of his cap hit, but the question is why would WE do that? We are a cap ceiling team so don't look for US to take on extra cap hits.
The clause where we would be on the hook for his whole cap hit when he stops playing is ludicrous and would mean we can't afford to move him.
Assuming the above clause doesn't make it to the final agreement though, AND the ability to retain up to 50% of the actual salary or cap hit of a contract in a trade goes in... then no question we are able to trade Luongo and his value goes up substantially. Not because we are willing to retain his cap hit, but because we are willing to retain some of his salary.
A trade for Lecavalier becomes a good proposition for example if Tampa kept half of his cap hit but we paid his full salary... and we kept a few bucks of Luongo's salary but none of his cap hit.
I have always agreed with your posts Provost, but the take it or leave it offer that ends the lockout is instant rollbacks. The NHLPA wants what your proposing but the NHL said no way. There will be some small changes to the NHL's proposal, but when it comes to rollbacks they said it is not negotiable. The offer is on the NHL's main site. I will post a link to it so you can understand what is being offered.
And second, do we want the cup? We are in the unique position under new CBA rules to "buy a cup". Under their proposal we will have 11 million in extra cap space BEFORE a Luongo trade for one year! Trade Luo, keep 1 million or so salary, we have then close to 15 million in cap space. We could grab some big players. Win the cup. Trade em away for picks. 5 years from now, we are a contender again.
Why do people say they want to get rid of Raymond and then say they want Kadri in a trade? You guys know that Kadri and Raymond are very similar right? There is lots of videos of Kadri's play. He is a fast skater who can create opportunities but has no physical play and sucks defensively. A line with both Kadri and Raymond would be a scary line. But there is no point in trading away Raymond to get another Raymond.