Why Ottawa does this:
They get an elite goaltender who is a top-5 in the league since the last lockout. Luongo is a stud in between the pipes they haven't seen since the likes of having Hasek. HE alone solidifies Ottawa as a legitimate contender in the East because they have a Vezina Caliber goalie, a Norris Caliber Dman, and solid offensive depth and grit. Also, Ottawa with Luongo is definitely as likely to win the Division as the Bruins. Rask hasn't handled a full season without Thomas, so the Bruins full 82-game schedule might have some lapses...
Why Vancouver does this:
They get a young blue-chip prospect in Cowen, who was drafted in the same year as Kassian (9th overall - Cowen, 13th Overall Kassian). They can develop as part of a youthful new core of players (Cowen/Kassian/Gaunce/Jensen/Schroeder/Connauton/Lack). They also have a luxurious depth of D here and don't need to rush him into a top-2 role in the foreseeable future, so he can develop properly.
Edited by CHodgson9, 30 October 2012 - 03:54 AM.