RoyalDude wrote:To be blunt, I want Booth off this team fast. Can't stand him. I will not be 100% happy with this team until he is out of this city.
Lou + Booth + Schroeder... for... Nash
Booth grew up 200 miles from Columbus, has family there. Ditto for Schroeds (600 miles). And Lou would be closer to his house & family in Florida (960 miles). Columbus is desperate for a top goalie and desperate to trade Nash. IF Lou gave the okay to this deal, Columbus could rest assured all three players would be happy there (something they don't get a lot of recently). The media speculates about Lou wanting to go to the crappy Leaves because of their goalie coach, the media DOES NOT speculate about Lou wanting to go to the crappy Jackets because of THEIR goalie coach? Why? Leaf rumours sell.
I know you are one of the many 'Lou won't return much' folk, but that's just because you listen to anticanuck pundits too much. He has HUGE value, especially this summer when there is a relatively large demand
for a proven top ten goalie and a small supply
. Lou actually more than earns his $5.3mil cap-hit and is likely to do so for the necesary 6 more seasons (all relatively injury-free elite tenders play until their late 30's; contract is easily disposed of in 6 years).
The only question of course is: Would Lou agree to go to Columbus?
Here's why he might:
1. Ian Clark is the goaltending coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Clark is the goaltending coach Luongo pushed the Canucks to hire (and Lou was upset when Canucks - because he wouldn't sign on full-time - let him go). Lou still retains Clark as his personal summer trainer.
2. Lou would have messiah status coming into Columbus to save them (like he had when he came to Vancouver).
3. It is only 962.7 miles from Columbus to Lou's house/family in Florida.
Having said all that, I would be SHOCKED if Luongo chose Columbus.
But stranger things have happened, and it is a great idea on paper!
If the Canucks decide to trade Schneids instead, I'd say he's either going there or Tampa.
If Lou actually goes there perhaps we'd hafta add to the package (1st round pick or whatever).