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Luongo’s Price Just Went Up

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL transaction wire had Mike Gillis smiling Tuesday and Brian Burke reaching for the Maalox.

Gillis is laughing because now that Josh Harding signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild there is one less potential No. 1 goaltender on the free-agent market. That leaves the Vancouver Canucks general manager with the best available commodity in veteran Roberto Luongo.

As the GM most interested in acquiring a veteran No. 1, Burke probably had to resist the urge to fling a few things around his office. With Harding off an already thin market, it will cost the Toronto Maple Leafs more to get their hands on Luongo, 33, despite his $5.33-million (all currency U.S.) salary-cap hit that has another 10 years to run.

“He’s got the top guy to trade right now,” one of Gillis’s fellow GMs said.

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At his price, he’s more liability than asset, in my opinion.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/20/12 at 01:12 AM ET

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Seriously…how can ANY team consider trading assets of any kind for this guy given his contract? Seeing as Vancouver is a very strong team with Cup aspirations, wouldn’t it be better from a competitive standpoint to handcuff them with his ridiculous contract/shaky goaltending for the next 10 seasons…all the while forcing a very talented, younger (and already playoff-tested) Cory Schnieder to seek employment elsewhere?

Posted by godblender on 06/20/12 at 04:00 AM ET

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Seriously…how can ANY team consider trading assets of any kind for this guy given his contract? Seeing as Vancouver is a very strong team with Cup aspirations, wouldn’t it be better from a competitive standpoint to handcuff them with his ridiculous contract/shaky goaltending for the next 10 seasons…all the while forcing a very talented, younger (and already playoff-tested) Cory Schnieder to seek employment elsewhere?

Posted by godblender on 06/20/12 at 02:00 AM ET

Heh.  Agree.  Would rather let the ‘Nucks be saddled with that albatross than take it off their hands.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/20/12 at 02:47 PM ET

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