I'll approach the topic at hand first from who would be interested and list them by just how viable an option they are. Then I'll bold the ones I think Luongo would actually want to go to.TorontoFlorida
- the most interest, the most rumours, etc. and both could use a top goalie to get them into the playoffs and build to contender statusPhilly
- teams with current goalies who may or may not be good enough, unlikely unless they move who they currently have or go a different routeNew JerseyTampa Bay
- teams that either still have an established starter or very good young goalies intent on becoming starters, unlikely during this season but could be offseason bidders if their current goaltending situation isn't solid enough
- bottom of the barrel, actually a good team but who wants to go there and they're 'trying' out two goalies that they hope are good enough at this point
I don't think I left anyone out, as I don't think anyone else really fits. I ruled out Detroit, Anaheim, Calgary, Phoenix, Dallas, Colorado, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, who I've all heard mentioned on CDC of late. Anyone could surprise, but that leaves 12 teams.
I think Luongo would like anything Eastern seaboard that could be competitive, although he might consider Chicago or perhaps San Nose if he thinks they can sustain their pace. Both are iffy with past history. History factors in with NYI as well and they along with Philly have significant goalie contracts already. Columbus fails on location and team issues of course, Winnipeg and Washington seem likely to stick with who they have along with Edmonton, who Lu probably wouldn't waive to nor would we trade to without a significant overpayment.
Now, the more likely teams.
New Jersey and Tampa are probably only likely in the offseason. NJ has Brodeur for two more years, but could make a play if they feel they can solidify their future beyond that. Cash is an issue and they'd prefer a younger option most likely. Tampa has a younger option in Lindback and are doing well enough on the scoresheet they could probably have Roloson back and still be fine. If they don't feel they can trust Lindback then maybe at the trade deadline but otherwise they wait - yet they are in a prime location if they did decide to entice Luongo and feel ready to contend.
Toronto and Florida could happen anytime. Both with shaky goaltending and no closer to a playoff spot than most years if they don't improve something. Florida might actually take a step back without help, while Toronto seems close to taking a step closer, but both could crash at any point and need that playoff spot and to build to being contenders. Another year of missing won't cut it and Lu would go to either but prefers one (Gillis would agree if he had his pick of return).
I won't get into what the GMs of those teams feel is right, or what they could offer. That's all been said plenty before and is common cause of some of the wild 'discussions' in the other thread when people disagree. Besides, it's late, I've typed this all up before - separately and together - and I've probably even crossed some wires with what I meant to say, but there it is.
Opinions are like a-holes, everyone has one and thinks theirs doesn't stink. Feel free to tell me if mine does or not, for this post or the previous one.
Edited by elvis15, 03 February 2013 - 03:50 AM.