tantalum wrote:Also note that from LeBrun and McKenzie it was Tallon who went to ownership to ask permission to take on Luongo's contract (not ownership telling Tallon to do it). LeBrun in particular has said that without a doubt the hockey people in the Panthers organization really want Luongo. Ownership also wants him as they feel they can sell more tickets with him back on the team.
Bolded part is the key. Net gain $$-wise with Lou in goal.
tantalum wrote:Burke wanted Vokoun. He wanted brodeur. He knows he needs to upgrade his goaltending but my guess is his ego won't let him take on the type of contract he has spoken out against despite it being the Leafs ticket to the playoffs. He also needs to pull his head out of the sand and realize that goaltending sometimes comes with a cost (for Vokoun a higher draft pick to acquire rights, for Brodeur an extra year in the contract).
Burke is completely
full of shit. Remember when he said he would never give a NTC... then he gave one to Giguere saying it was only because his son had medical problems.... and he's given out many NTCs since. Said he wouldn't ask Kaberle to waive his NTC because that is one of the worst things a GM can do to a player.... then he asks Kaberle to waive (Kaberle didn't want to leave TO despite not liking Wilson much).
Then there was the blasting Burkie gave Lowe after the Oil offer-sheeted Penner. These kinds of offer-sheets were "inflationary towards 2nd contracts" he said. But a few years later Burke was threatening to offer-sheet Kessel, so he changed his story. There was no more lamenting about "inflationary 2nd contracts". Nope, NOW he claimed his complaint about Lowe was NOT about that. NOW he claimed it was all about being "blindsided" by Lowe, and that Burkie was a real man because he was warning Chiarelli he was going to offer-sheet Kessel.
/end Brian Bullshit Burke rant.
Other teams are interested in Lou, but Gillis will trade him to Florida because the organization comes off looking classy. Florida wants Lou and will reach a fair agreement on a trade for an elite goaltender.
Then Florida trades Theodore to TO and phony self-righteous Burke rails about how they overpaid for Luongo, which he would never do because he has his... principles.