Even when Cory Schneider was tearing up the AHL the Canucks signed veteran goalies to back up Luongo. Lack will need more time, and Schneider will need someone capable of playing more games. There's every indication he could be as good as Luongo, but being as good and playing as much are two different things. Not many goalies can handle the minutes Luongo could at the NHL level. Having not even started 60% of Chicago's games this season, I don't think there's a chance Lack takes a full time backup role in the NHL next season, IMO.TDA Rum wrote:We don't need a goalie in return as we will have Eddie Lack as the back up next year with Joe Cannata moving to the Wolves...
Also, the Canucks' philosophy all along has been to have their youth challenge vets for spots in the lineup. Cody Hodgson wasn't guaranteed a spot, and arguably only got onto this years team by injuries and Malhotra's diminished abilities. They won't roll into next season with the most important (and arguably their best position this year) being that much of a question mark.
Markstrom is certainly highly touted, which I way I don't think Florida will sniff around Luongo. Don't know much about the Lehner kid, cept his team in Binghampton is atrocious this year and he's not doing much to help them with a 3.38 GAA. The Sens did make the move for Ben Bishop to try and get them into the playoffs this season.Benjo wrote:Florida is letting Markstrom get his seasoning in the minors and will be ready as early as next season not to mention their GM saw Lu lose 2 series against his former team. Ottawa has Lehner in the pipeline and are also letting him get seasoned in the minors. Tampa is likely the best option as I can't think of any goalies they have in the system that can even remotely be described as a starting goalie.
Ultimately the offseason is where teams re-tool. I would have to think the chance to get a goalie with Luongo's pedigree, experience and track record of success (relative to 95% of goalies) would make some of these teams re-think their situation. It does say a lot when two of the more successful teams over the past couple years have developed starting goalies behind bonafide stars (Boston, Vancouver) over extended periods.
I'm still holding out for a trade with Washington. Bring on Luongo - Carlson