trading a franchise player especially in a market like this is going to cause a media ... even if he says nothing, and waiving his NTC so they can trade him wasn't best for the team?
He hasn't waived his NTC! He still controls where he goes or IF he goes. What he has said is IF MG approaches him, he would consider waiving it. His contract still contains the NTC.
As for all this "Team Guy" talk...he was traded from Florida because he wanted more $$$ than they would pay. He did not choose Vancouver, but was traded here and stayed because they offered him the chance to make the big bucks. WHen his contract renewed, instead of taking a discount like the rest of our top players, Lu negotiated what was at the time, the most lucrative contract in the NHL, structured to circumvent the intent of the CBA to Lu's benifit and with great risk to the organization. It was all about Lu not the team or the Nucks.
After AV's decision to start Cory against LA, Lu starts to talk to the media about "time to move on" before any of the Nucks management have suggested it. Even if management was thinking that, it put them at an immediate disadvantage with him going public like that.
In his recent "classy" talk about Vancouver, his team-mates, the Nucks does he ever mention the fans? No!
I'm not saying he isn't a good team-mate and I recognize he is still a top 10 goalie in the NHL but it is, and always has been about Lu...what he gets paid, when he plays and where he plays.
I just don't get the love--affair of some fans over a guy who has managed his career like a hired gun. WHen he moves on, he won't give a pinch of dust for the fans who fought for him on these boards.
Edited by hockeyville88, 14 January 2013 - 12:55 AM.