herb wrote:BigTuna wrote:You don't even understand what I'm saying. Pominville is worth more on the open trade market. So was Ben Bishop.
Pretty clear the market at this particular time for Luongo was limited and perhaps as limited as one team due to a variety of factors. We don't even know what the "market value" for Luongo is, as he was not traded. All we have are rumours and innuendo. There are rumours as to what some of the offers from Toronto were, but then again these are rumours and not actual transactions that were completed.
In the off season, when most teams face the fact that they had a disappointing season and/or playoffs, the market will shift. The market will shift because teams will be looking for upgrades.
Another thing to keep in mind is that in the off season we will have a better idea of how revenues fared for 2013 and how the cap maximum may be changing for the 2014/15 season which will have an affect on how teams plan. If revenues for this year are really strong and it looks like the cap will take a big jump after next season, some teams could be more inclined to take on a bigger contract. Like I said earlier, if (when) the cap is over $70M again, Luongo's $5.3M cap hit will be stellar.
Luongo's cap is not the problem. 5.3 for a starter is not a problem for any team. The salary may be a problem for some teams and the term maybe a problem for some teams. But the cap is not a problem.
Come the summer 30 teams get a do over on a maximum of 2 contracts and UFA's will be off the books. Teams that failed to meet expectations will have a fresh start to re-tool.
I doubt the Canucks get a first for 2013 as it is expected to be a deep draft. But I think when teams get a chance to clean house and reassess Luongo will be in play again. Then we will all know if there is a market of not. Maybe the answer lies somewhere in the middle of the high expectations some of us had the naysayers who like to troll.
Maybe this whole experience has been a reality check for MG and Luongo both. So I think a deal will get done and it will be one we can all live with in the end. No matter what the return there will be those who feel MG failed and it is not enough. There will be trolls who laugh and say see you got shit. But in the end none of that matters. What matters is moving Luongo, getting some assets back and clearing the cap space for us.