Why is everyone so high on Lack? its not like he's some young stud, he's 25 only 2 years younger then cory. If luongo plays another 5 years. Lack then takes over as a 30 year old? seriously give your head a shake. On top of that what makes everyone think he will be so good, because john garret has mentioned his name a few times. take a look what cory accomplished before he made the jump. now compare that to lack, wait what has lack accomplished? I'm not saying someday he wont be a NHL goalie but how can you have so much faith in someone with so little to show for it.
So tell me again why people think we should trade a young cheaper goalie who's already showing how good he can be in the NHL. Makes no sense to me.
The reason it makes no sense to you is because its not what you want to believe. You want Luongo traded, and you want Schneider to stay here. So you will resist any logic that shows otherwise.
A common way to do this is to uphold any logic that supports trading Luongo to keep Schneider, and simply ignore the evidence to the contrary like it doesnt exist.
If you want the real truth, you must look at ALL the evidence. Not just the little bits you want to see.
1)Luongo is 34 has 9 years left on his albatross contract. He has a 5.3 cap hit. The new CBA says we have to eat that cap hit even after he retires until the contract expires. If we sell Luongo, the new team eats half and we STILL eat half. These are the facts.
2) Cory Schneider is 27 years old, and has 2 more years on a fantastic 4mil dollar deal. He is in the running to be nominated for the Vezina and most of us feel it stands to reason he will be nominated and/or win a Vezina one day.
3) Eddie Lack is 25. Some say he is ready, some say he would be a mediocre NHL goalie at best. Regardless, hes no joke. He is a bonifide goaltender who could play for us. Up to Luongo or Schneider standards? I doubt it but who knows.
There is the current objective evidence. Seems pretty simple doesnt it? Unfortunately, life isnt about the right now when it comes to 400 million dollar high profile sports franchises. You have to juggle whats happening now as opposed to making sure in the future you dont turn into a joke.
So here is the logic we now have to use from a business point of view, because to fans its a sport but to those who provide the sport, have to run a business to get that entertainment to us.
This whole goaltending situation turns out not to be about Luongo, Schneider or Lack. The defining feature that leads me to want to trade Schneider is.............drum roll please..............Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
These guys are the difference between a good team and a contender. No twins and no cup. Both are turning 33 this year. Even Kesler is turning 29 this year.
We have about 2 years left on our true window with the Sedin core to win a stanley cup. Unless we can get primary scorers to help Kesler when the twins come down to being 55 point second liners.
Luongo has a cap hit of only 5.3mil and his true 6.7 mil salary is for another 4 years. He will play for that. But by age 38 will he be good enough to want to play longer than this? He will only be making 3 mil, then 1 mil for the rest of the years. I say its probable he retires.
If we keep Schneider, at age 29 he will be demanding 7 mil or walk out as a UFA . Every other goalie of his calibre is making as much and with a vezina and /or cup on his resume, he will get it . Either here or elsewhere. So in fact, Schneider is going to be even more expensive than Luongo.
We cant get anything for Luongo with the stupid contract. We couldnt even get AHL Schrivens , and two mid level to low level seconds for the clown. Aqua man is certainly not taking on another insane contract to just throw money out the window to buy it out. Forget it. He spends to the cap every year. He has not cheaped out on us. He will not let Gillis take a bunch of junk salary to get rid of Luongo.
So, If we just dump Luongo on waivers and or take a nothing package and eat half his cap hit, or .............we trade an extremely valuable Schneider for a package of goodness and just play luongo.
Luongo can then get a 'concussion' in his last 4 years like pronger /savard and go on LTIR to avoid the stupid cap hit instead of him retiring.
Luongo/Lack plus the goodie package for Schneider is just a way better deal than
Schneider (soon to be 7mil for 8 years by the way) plus 1/2 Luongos cap hit.
Its a no brainer to me. Luongo can still play 95% as good as schneider. He will last as long as the twins do. Keep him. Trade Schneider.