*This is more opinion/speculation, but it's an interesting thought. If not 'rumour enough', mods feel free to delete it
Speculation's just fine, although I'm not too sure Nonis agrees. Granted, the potential raise he might be interested in might be prohibitive to the Leafs wanting to keep him, but unless they get significant return I don't see how they can move him without it being seen as a total loss (even though he's putting up points).
Damien Cox talks a lot without thinking about the consequences, but it is an interesting point - esp. the part about Nonis having no need to protect the deal.
If Luongo is moved to a different team, maybe the Canucks could move some future parts for him, if that's the way Nonis is going to go.
A package something like:
1st round pick
Asset acquired in a separate Luongo deal (another pick?)
Burrows - Kesler - Kessel
Higgins - Schroeder - Booth
Malhotra - Lapierre - Hansen
That would be a deadly bottom-9 going into the playoffs and great depth, esp. if Schroeder continues to get more comfortable at the NHL level. Probably also important for Nonis to try to move Kessel to the West conference.
I don't see why we'd do that at all. A pure shooter would be nice, but we don't want him at his price tag right now, let alone on his next deal. It'd be one thing if they took Booth and Ballard off our hands in return but we'd rather keep the other assets and the Leafs would say no deal.
The guy had 82 points last season. He's off to a slow start and they already believe he shouldn't belong in Toronto? LOL LEAFS!
Yup, Cox trolls all fanbases, but strangely enough some Leafs fans might go for this one - especially if they don't make the playoffs yet again.
Edited by elvis15, 28 January 2013 - 11:41 AM.