ukcanuck wrote:The reason is simple as win or you lose your job. Theres going to be 29 GMs under the microscope like never before due to the new CBA and lockout shortened season.
In that climate there will be a fish on the hook and Gillis will have a chance to reel it in. The real issue about the contract that you and all of Canada's Toronto cock sucking media keep trying to avoid is that the term on Luongo's contract will out live most GMs life expectancy...in other words its quite likely that the end of the contract will be someone else's problem. There is 100 years near enough evidence that there are more than one rube in the league willing to do anything to keep his job.
I know you have a serious man crush on Gillis, bobbing his balls constantly, it's endearing, the loyalty brings a tear to my eye but it really is astounding that you honestly think that Gillis will get a deal that will blow the socks off the Scriven, and two seconds he offered Nonis?
I can hear it now - Tallon - "Hey Mikey, I know you were willing to let Lou go for shite to the Leafs, I know you are fucked up with the new cap setting in, but I am willing to help you out cause you are a good and your fans really love you, how about Matthias, Bjugstad and a 1st round pick for Lou?
Dude at least get it right. The offer was Scivens, two picks and the Canucks keep a significant portion of the cap/salary. MG can get the same deal in the summer less having to keep any cap/salary. I think most of us have come to the realization that MG isn't going to get his asking price. I'm fine with that now. But as Blob said, a shitty deal that doesn't improve your team now is better done later. Well, actually a lot of us have been saying that all season. If you can't get a player(s) that will help now hold onto Luongo and make a dump in the summer.
And yes, as Aaron points out more opportunities will present themselves in the summer. By more opportunities I mean more teams that feel a scrub and a couple of picks are worth the price for Luongo. So I see more teams being interested for the lower price. And Luongo is fed up so I see him more willing to look at more options too.
And MG owes him nothing. This all started because of Luongo's family issues and him contemplating wanting to return to the East. Then Cory becomes even better than hoped. Luongo was not pulled in the LA series because he was playing badly. He was pulled because MG had a phone call on trade deadline day 2012 from the Leafs asking if Luongo would be available. The Canucks decided to find out if Cory could handle the pressure of playoff games. This was a MG decision not from AV. And it caused problems. Then Luongo answers an innocent question about would he waive if NTC if asked right after they get bounced by LA. He says yes he would. That gets translated into Luongo demands a trade.
So lets re-cap:
1) Luongo develops family problems
2) Wife returns to Florida
3) Luongo starts to think out loud that he may want to return to the East
4) Cory emerges as better than hoped and shows he can handle the pressure of big games
5) Controversy begins as to whether Canucks should keep or trade Cory
6) Trade deadline day MG fields a call from the Leafs about the possibility of obtaining Luongo. No deal worked out but it starts the Canucks down a path of thinking, with all that has gone on personally for Luongo and with Cory's emergence, that keeping Cory and trading Luongo may be the better option.
7) LA series. Luongo does not play badly but team does. Decision is made to shake things up and see if Cory can handle the big games.
8) Cory shines but Canucks still lose
9) Luongo is pissed at being replaced by Cory
10) Luongo is asked if he would waive if asked and he says yes.
11) Media comes out and says Luongo demands trade
12) Luongo and MG discuss options and Luongo says he wants to return to the East preferably Florida
13) Tallon confirms that ownership has approved the taking of Luongo contract if a deal is worked out
14) Leafs show hot interest and rumours circulate that they are the front runner.
15) Tallon expresses interest but asking price is too high
16) Rumours intensify that Toronto is the front runner.
17) Luongo make twitter comments about Toronto and Leafs but reiterates he has not been asked to waive
18) Things go quite as lock out looms
19) Lock out hits all trade talk and discussions with players ceases
20) Shannon comes out with a story that a trade with the Leafs had been agreed upon and he knows the players but in fairness to them won't name them.
21) Luongo again denies that he has been asked to waive
21) MG says he can't comment because he cannot talk to teams or players and the status is the same as it was before the lockout. i.e. no trade.
22) As it looks like the new CBA will get done the Shannon rumours intensify with pundits speculating that as soon as the new CBA is done the trade will be confirmed.
23) HW tells everyone it's not true, Luongo has never been asked to waive. Pundits still feel deal is done but nothing happens until
24) Burke gets fired. Speculation rampant that it is because he either failed to trade for Luongo or in the alternative he wanted to and Nonis didn't. Thus the explanation for the supposed agreed upon trade falling through is there.
25) MG tells media that with the new CBA a deal for a player of Luongo's stature is hard to make mid season and if a deal isn't worked out in the first few weeks it probably won't be until the off season.
26) Media try hard to create a goalie controversy but fail.
27) Damien Cox has several versions back to back as to what happened. No deal because the Canucks insist on Kadri, no wait they never asked for him it was Gardiner, no wait it was ....
28) MG says he has/had a deal worked out with one team but it was contingent upon them moving a player first. Luongo still has not been asked to waive
29) MG claims multiple teams interested but the price still isn't there and is asked if it is a better deal in the summer to which he responds probably.
30 Doug McLean comes out with a story that a deal was worked out in the summer with the Leafs but Luongo was told by people in the Panther organization they wanted him but had issues to resolve so be patient. So Luongo refused to waive. Luongo still insists he has never been asked to waive.
31) Doug MClean nows says it wasn't people in the Panther's organization that told Luongo to be patient it was people who were close to people who were high up in the organization, can't have tampering charges can we Doug. Also says Luongo may not have refused to waive but instead just told MG he would not waive if asked to go there.
32) Deadline day 2013 approaches, comes and goes, Luongo is still a Canuck
MG does not owe Luongo anything beyond trying to accommodate his request to get back to the East. Luongo was only too willing to sign this contract and I agree he has been nothing but professional throughout this process. But that doesn't mean MG owes him anything. MG proved he was willing to take a hit to accommodate him. What more could he have done? If he had traded Luongo in the summer to anyone for a scrub and two picks, none of which was a first you would have been all over him like a ton of bricks and so would most Canuck fans. Even Calpuke would have called him a joke for getting such a shitty return. He was and is in a no win situation.