King of the ES, on 09 October 2012 - 04:03 AM, said:
Interesting take. You're a Hawks fan, I take it?
The only thing that I would ask is why was there an issue with the team's D? That's pretty difficult to believe, given who they've got.
And in addition, like you, I was very high on Corey Crawford's hopes after the 2010-11 season. He badly outplayed Luongo in our playoff series. But this past season was a pretty significant pullback, which should be pretty discouraging for Hawks fans. The guy practically lost them the series against Phoenix. His numbers were worse than any goalie who started > 50 games. And this isn't a young guy going through a sophomore slump, this is a 28 year-old who was very clearly the weak link on this team. You might be right, that it's too early to give up on him, but this might be Chicago's only shot at getting a goalie like Luongo, so they might want to act.
I do agree that Gillis would be reluctant to move him to Chicago, for obvious reasons, but I think it's both the most logical destination for Luongo, and that Chicago has the most logical assets for the Canucks to be interested in. The potential is there, if these two factions can put the egos aside and realize that they're each other's ideal partner.
When I say there was in issue with the team's defense I mean the overall team defense, not just the defensemen. Last year we had some excellent top level talent, but the depth wasn't there, especially on defense (i.e. Scott, Lepisto, and O'Donnell). Playing a full season with Shaw and Oduya will help defensively (overall) along with upgrading Scott, Lepisto, and O'Donnell to Brookbank and Rozsival. Leddy should aldo be better with another season under his belt, and hopefully Q plays him on the third pairing where he belongs at this point in his career (and top PP unit).
I hear you on your comments about Crawford and I don't disagree, but I don't think it's worth giving up a key roster player to get Luongo. When we won the cup in 2010 it was due to our incredible depth, which was torn apart during the great purge in the summer of 2010. While Niemi had some solid moments he wasn't a super star by any means, if we can win with Niemi we can win with Crawford if he gets close to his 2010/2011 form. As an organization we're just starting to rebuild the depth with lost, the "core" player (Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Bolland, Keith and Seabrook) aren't going anywhere and neither are the next wave of potentially great forwards we have in the pipeline - Teravainen, McNeill, Danault, and Saad (to name a few). Frolik, Hayes, Leddy and to a lesser extend Kruger could be available but that's probably not what Vancouver is looking for.
I'm not saying Luongo isn't worth what everyone is asking for in their proposals, I'm just saying Chicago won't pay it. The Bowman's don't like to pay a lot for goaltending, so Luongo's $5+ million cap hit (not to mention his actual salary) plus the players it would cost to acquire him would be far too much.