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Would You Trade For Luongo?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

... The only question now is can the Canucks trade Luongo, 33, and the 10 seasons left on his contract, with a salary-cap hit of $5.33-million (all currency U.S.) per year? The answer, surprisingly, is that it may not be impossible even though a new collective agreement is expected next season with the state of the salary cap and long-term contracts unknown.

A saving grace for Luongo’s contract is that, as pointed out in the Vancouver Province, there is an out clause eight years into the deal for his employer. Luongo will be in the third year of the deal this fall, so any team trading for him is taking on a six-year contract with a cap hit of $5.33-million instead of the monster deal in the books.

That is a much more manageable situation. Now the question is which team is desperate enough for goaltending to try it?

In Vancouver, the favourite is considered to be the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bolts general manager Steve Yzerman stuck with ancient Dwayne Roloson this season after getting unexpected dividends a year ago and took a kick in the slats for his trouble.

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Luongo is so emotionally fragile he woudl be devoured in Toronto. He barely can survive in Vancouver. He needs to go back to Florida, where his wife is from, and get out of the spotlight.

Posted by timbits on 04/19/12 at 04:12 PM ET

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well someone will defintely trade for him if he is available.  He is almost 100% gone this summer.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 04/19/12 at 05:41 PM ET

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I would if I could play him in the regular season and the moment the playoffs start, drop him off the roster and go to a couple of good backups instead.  It’s the pressure that makes him crack.  Headcase, can’t handle it.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 04/19/12 at 07:44 PM ET

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That is a tough contract for someone to take on. 
And which team that he would he waive his no movement clause for, is willing and able to take up that cap hit for a player with that amount of risk?

Posted by jwad on 04/19/12 at 07:54 PM ET

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He is almost 100% gone this summer.

I’m sure the Canucks want that to be the case, but I really can’t see many teams wanting him for that price.  He’s a choker in the playoffs, a complete headcase and he’s not shy about throwing his teammates under the bus rather than taking ownership of his poor performances.

Posted by Garth on 04/19/12 at 08:01 PM ET

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Yzerman is from the Holland school of GMing.  I.e. Don’t pay too much for goalies.  Remember the CuJo fiasco.

The only way Luongo gets traded is if the Canucks trade him for a low level prospect and throw in a higher end prospect or pick.

Posted by BobaFett from Las Vegas on 04/19/12 at 10:15 PM ET

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according to Don Cherry it’s LaLongo smile)

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 04/20/12 at 03:45 AM ET

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