UWSaint wrote:Inevitable in many ways.
Once there wasn't going to be a return for Luongo, the reasonable question is how much better is Cory Schneider than Roberto Luongo over the next two years. Answer -- better, but better than a first round pick?
Personally, I think that Cory Schneider is a hell of a goaltender. As good as Luongo in 2006-7 or 2010-11. Very composed, fundamentally solid, quick. I am going to miss him as a Canuck. I also think the return could have been a little better if the Canucks had been able to take on a roster player, but there are other things at work -- namely the CBA and the Canucks cap situation. GMMG wasn't joking when he said this trade happened when the CBA was signed....
This doesn't make the Canucks better next season, because Luongo < Schneider and the pick isn't making an impact for at least 2 years. But Luongo is still good, might be very good again, and is still ahead of Dan Cloutier and whoever is playing in Toronto next year..... Right? And Schneider was only a Canuck for two more years....
The problem is that is this team's remaining window.... My verdict: not an irrational move, but it shows there is a limit to the owner's purse, because it was this or buyouts. I'll pull for Luongo; I'll pull for the Canucks; but we are in 2005-2006 again, Canuck fans. An aging team without elite goaltending. We don't have a top 10 goalie, and it is very hard to win without one unless you are the Chicago Blackhawks or have Sidney Crosby.
Good luck, CS, you are one of my favorite all-time Canucks. Wish I had seen you play more.
Boston Canucker wrote:The issue here, it seems clear, is not what MG got for CS last night, but that he mis-read the situation for the past year or so and boxed himself in. (and actually even further back to signing RL to the deal in the first place).
rats19 wrote:Bold you might even say..lol zero return and millions to buy out, just so you can spend more millions withe freed up cap space...or 9 the round top seeded pick.. I can't blame them. Its the next couple days and before the season starts that will be if utmost interest..
Mondi wrote:rats19 wrote:Bold you might even say..lol zero return and millions to buy out, just so you can spend more millions withe freed up cap space...or 9 the round top seeded pick.. I can't blame them. Its the next couple days and before the season starts that will be if utmost interest..
You're ignoring how good Cory Schneider is and will be for quite a while. But, let's see how it unfolds.
Mondi wrote:Yeah of course there were somethings beyond Vancouver's control.
I wonder if Aqualini fancies himself a powerful NHL owner. Surely he should have (possibly did) fought tooth and nail for a grandfather exception for contracts signed before the CBA was re-written. Retroactive effect is a tough pill to swallow at the negotiating table, how the owners with those Ks already signed capitulated is beyond me.
With all that being said, if Luongo could have been dealt at some point for anything it should have been done. If that wasn't an option, Cory could have been traded for more than the 9th pick at some point (or for roster players). Failing that the buyout seems to be the best play, subject to FA nixing that possibility.
As I said, its not a complete disaster. But, giving up on blue chippers you developed in exchange for a draft choice is rare. Extremely rare. What concerns me is the ad hoc manner by which GMMG seems to be running things.
Hopefully Bo comes along quickly.
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