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12-04-2011, 11:37 AM
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Are you saying Luongo should not be traded at all? or are you saying he could fetch more of a return....if so, what do you think his value is at right now?
No, Luongo should not be traded. Since we aquired Luongo, the Canucks have treated him as our franchise player. The players Gillis acquires and AV's coaching plan are all designed to build from the goal out with Luongo in goal.
AV has developed a very complex defense/ofense/puck control system that when it works is great, but if not executed properly can make various key players on the team look bad, including Luongo, Schnieder, Edler, Bieksa, the Sedins and Kesler.
Gillis and AV last week indicated that they are quite happy with Luongo & Schnieder in a goal tending tandem for this year and next. There are no pressing holes that the Canucks need to fill. If any changes are made, it will only be a tweek for a slight upgrade and not a major change. The core players today will be the core players of the Canucks next season also and Luongo is the main core player of them all.
The only player I could see being moved is Ballard and that is not because he is a bad player, but only that when he plays his best, the skills Ballard brings (north-south, puck carrying physical defenceman) does not fit well with the cycling defense/offese style of play he has the rest of the team playing. AV does not like players who take themselves out of the play to make a hit and AV's game plan does not include players who players who play a straight ahead north-south game. That is why Booth is also struggling a bit, but the jury is still out if Booth can change his style or not.
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