Cox raises a valid point. Does Luongo on TO make them a Cup contender, today, in your eyes? He might help get them to the playoffs, but then they'll probably just be 1st round fodder for a team like Boston. They're still not that good with Luongo. So perhaps they've made a decision to tank and see if they can somehow land a real franchise-type guy like Jones, MacKinnon, McDavid, etc. Don't discount that option. Nonis was given a new contract, so it's feasible.
Nonis, when starting out as GM for the Canucks, was asked what one player he'd pick to start a new team with. Without hesitation, he said Luongo. His modus operandi, same as Burke's (though you wouldn't know it by Burke's reign in TO), was to build from the goalie first, to the Dmen, to centre, finally to the wing. It wouldn't surprise me that Nonis is a lot more keen on getting Lu than was Burke, who apparently got fired because he wouldn't trade for Lu when the new ownership group wanted him to.
And Nonis won't care about pressure, even if it did
go against ownership wishes (seems like it doesn't anyway). Nonis lost his job here because he wisely didn't panic on the lopsided Brad Richards non-deal, among others. He'll do what he wants to do. He could trade for Luongo, then bide his time till the youngsters and higher picks develop. And yeah, I know, Luongo ain't getting younger. But I don't see him getting a lot worse in the next 5 years, though I know some have their doubts.
All that said, I'd much rather deal with Florida than Toronto. All the Kadri talk makes me nervous. He could very well be a Wellwood 2.0. -- short, light, uncompetitive, unmotivated. (He came to camp last year completely out of shape.)