Do the Vancouver Canucks make at least a couple trades at the trade deadline?
Does Lu or Schneider get traded....Ballard?Booth?
Maybe More teams will want one of our goalies at the trade deadline, for the playoffs.
Make your proposal's.
Barring an unfortunate injury, the number of teams which would want Luongo for this season is shrinking.
New Jersey is doing well, and if they do decide they want Luongo then I do not see if happening until after the season is over. If they are going to make any trades it will be for something to help them win this season.
Toronto is doing well, and a number of the usual suspects who might have been traded for Luongo are playing a significant part in this success. I don't see Luongo going to Toronto.
This leaves us with TB, the Islanders, Florida, and Washington. They all have either very old or very inexperienced goalies.
All of the above still have a shot at making the playoffs, and their chances would improve greatly should they acquire Luongo. All of these teams have significant cap space, although this does not mean that they would be willing to use up that space in acquiring Luongo.
TB or Washington are what I see as the likely choices for partners in a deal by the trade deadline. I don't see either of these teams wanting to trade roster players to get Luongo, unless it's a cap dump (eg. Hamrlik in a deal with Washington).
To Washington: Luongo, Ballard, Higgins/Raymond, lower end prospect
To Vancouver: Brouwer, Wilson, Orlov, 2014 1st, Hamrlik as a cap dump
To TB: Luongo, Ballard, Higgins/Raymond, cap dump prospect, maybe a 2013 3rd or lower
To Vancouver: Purcell, Aulie, Panik, Barberio, 2014 1st
Ballard would be useful to either of these teams. TB's defense is fairly poor, and Washington will have only a limited number of d-men under contract after this season. While I would regret him leaving, his departure would free up $4+ million in cap space.
Higgins/Raymond are there because each proposal is taking a winger away from the other team so they are there to replace/fill that roster spot. Each is also a UFA after the season is over and it's unlikely that at least one of them will not be here next season.
The Canucks get better on the wing, they get additional prospects and what will likely be a decent 1st. Neither of these proposals address the 3C question.
There's also an outside chance that Luongo could go to the Islanders. Czikas (kind of small but with lots of potential), Niederreiter, 2014 1st are possible returns.
Edited by Gollumpus, 24 February 2013 - 12:57 AM.
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.