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11-28-2005, 10:17 PM
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Haven't I been saying this all along?
If that's all it took to land Luongo, I sure hope that the Canucks would offer more.
What do I think Luongo will land in a trade? Well, it all depends on what Keenan is looking for. Personally, I feel that Keenan will want to get some experienced veterans in return for Luongo as I really don't see any teams offering up one good, young player in return for Luongo(Alex Tanguay for example) and with the Panther's already large stable of good, young talent, I really don't see Keenan being a whole lot interested in getting more young, fairly unproven players.
The way Keenan has to look at this situation is that Luongo has no contract after this season and has already made it clear he is unhappy in the organization. Yes the Panthers hold his rights for another season after this, but an unhappy Luongo, moreso, a vocally unhappy Luongo, is only going to drop in value if he doesn't sign a contract this off-season, or only signs a one year deal. Basically, if Keenan can't get Luongo signed to a long term deal in the new year, he has to trade Luongo before the trade deadline if he wants fair value. By that time, the Panther's will liklely be out of the playoff picture and looking towards next season. Next off-season there will be numerous goalies out there that have proven to be solid #1 guys, Nabokov, Turco, and one of Roloson or Fernandez to name a few. The Panthers are a team that has to start producing wins and make a playoff run in the near future if they want to win back their fans. Adding more young, unproven players isn't going to help a whole lot in the short term, at least not compared to if the Panthers added some solid veteran players who are in their prime.
Basically, I don't think it's a given that Keenan will only be interested in young players for Luongo. The re-building in Florida has been going on forever now, and Keenan is exactly the type of guy that would want to put an end to that and start building for now.
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