Florida wanted to keep Lu but he was asking more than they could afford so they traded him. He stayed in Vancouver because of the contract they offered him which was the richest in the NHL at that time. HE would have goen FA if they hadn't.
HIs cap hit has nothing to do with a discount but is because of the way the deal was structured. His contract is a major impediment to the team in trying to deal him because of up-front cost, NTC, length of term and now under the new CBA the penalty to the cap if he retires early. Explain how his contract was a discount?
Point 3 - so is it the team mates that pay his salary? "Pump his tires"? Shout LUUUUUU? THe stick salute at the end of the game adn MG and Hank thanking all the fans after the lockout was just a smoke screen?
I never said he was a bad person and his charity work is admirable. I was simply replying ot a poster who was making Lu out to be here for the love of Vancouver and the team when he is in fact here because of the $$.
Hold on there. Why did you suddenly change everything you said earlier?
1. First you claim that luongo left the team that gave him a chance to shine in the nhl for he richest contract in Vancouver....
Then suddenly it becomes Florida trading luongo, and he chose to stay in Vancouver AFTER he's traded from Florida
So which version you said is true? Cos they are two completely different situation. Luongo did NOT leave Florida for a better contract in Vancouver like you said he did. He was traded by his team when he thought they are in good term in his contract extension.
2. Luongo's contract at the time was NOT the richest contract in the nhl. He was among the top players, but its not the richest.
3. Luongo could have ask for a shorter term contract with higher cap hit when he signed that extension. Even if you take out the last two years in his contract, his average cap hit is still a little bit more than 6 million. That is a discount price for a goalie like luongo.
4. You didn't pay for his salary. The team does. What you paid for is a 60 min entertainment per game. It doesn't give you the right to become any hockey players' savior and certainly doesn't give you the entitlement that a hockey player has to thank you every single freaking game.
It's also funny that you suddenly turned blind and ignore all the charity luongo HAS done for the city even at this moment. Nope, that didn't happen and I didn't type out the whole thing for you on what luongo had done for his fans. He's just a jerk who never mention the fans after games.
It seems like you are just twisting facts so the argument will go in your way. Saying he's only here because of the money is darn right ridiculous. Give the Sedins 4 millions per year two seasons ago, and see if they will stay here.
Edited by Piggy1983, 05 February 2013 - 08:46 PM.