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01-28-2006, 01:47 PM
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Well, what would be the point of waiting for the offseason if you wanted to improve your team for this years playoffs. Not that it would be much of an improvement.

An argument can be made the Luongo would be an upgrade to our goaltending tandem. But the question is whether or not that upgrade is significant enough to give away some our other players. I mean, Luongo might be good, but we haven't seen him play in the playoffs. In Esche we have a goalie that has NHL playoff experience, (albeit, not that much) and in Niittymaki, we have a goalie that has won at two different levels of play (Finland and AHL), but also unproven at the NHL level. Luongo's performance in big games is basically unknown. Also, Luongo might expect a big paycheck, which we don't need to add. Esche knows that his play and his injuries haven't helped make a cause for why he should get a raise and Niittymaki doesn't seem like he would demand very much.

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