Luongo is far better than Schneider was at the age of 26.
What I really want to state is something we all heard about but seem to selectively forget.
Luongo nixed several trades that Gillis had set up.
At the draft Gillis and Burke had a trade in place for Luongo, it did reportedly involve a variation on Luke Schenn (R. handed D man), Kadri (centre) and a 2nd. ( Wait a minute- aren't these boards demanding Gillis goes out and get a big R handed D man, a centre and more picks for this draft???)
Gillis presented Luongo with the trade and he said no. Luongo wanted to know if Florida was till an option. Gillis could have lied to Luongo and said no, but he said that he is in discussions with Florida but that they had not come close to making a good offer.
In and around this time, Luongo also nixed a trade to Columbus. How sweet would it have been to get Nash? or a CNJ first or Johansen??? (just speculating)
Shortly after this Luongo's brother took to twitter making fun of Mike Gillis stating "at least Howard was offered a trade to a team on his list" of teams he was willing to go to.
How would you feel is you were Gillis? Trying to move an all star player is pressure enough, getting made fun of by the dude's brother who does not understand GMing is kind of awkward...
Both of these nixed trades werereported by the guys at the province and were discussed at length throughout the summer-not sure why we choose to forget these details
My main point
Why is Gillis holding this team hostage over a franchise player who has an NTC?
Luongo feels bad about what happened in him nixing the trade, but that was his right and he is an allstar and should have his contract respected. Luongo is partly culpable because he has overtly told the media he will "do what is best for the team," yet he has nixed 2 and possibly more trades- so he has lied to the media and fans in a way as well.
Gillis needs to move on and trade schneider now. Having a stud asset on the bench each night is obviously not helping us.
Schneider has not demonstrated that he is by far better than Luongo-infact schneider showed that he is also capable of losing in a shootout and getting ventilated for 7 goals in an important game- determing who is better is splitting hairs. Who is more valuable as a moveable asset?-schneider- Gillis needs to wake up and start creating a schneider bidding war.
Edited by canuckfan85, 02 March 2013 - 11:55 AM.