Cory Schneider / Roberto Luongo to Tampa Bay
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04-20-2012, 12:00 AM
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It is pretty good. Its pretty impressive that they can't seem to build and coach a team past the first round, a team that happened to have a lethal powerplay carry it through the regular season.
As such, desperation set in with the team, and Hodgson was flipped for a physical project forward and they have to figure out how to potentially retain Salo because they cannot trust a four million dollar defenseman in a top four role and the coaching staff can't figure out how to use him, they have to add more physicality to the bottom six with a bit of scoring touch, and frankly they need to make some changes on the coaching staff. There is a disconnect with that team. A lot of things go very, very right - the Sedins are point producing robots, they have a solid top pairing and half of a great second pairing. They have good enough goaltending.
They could be very well served by letting Raymond walk because that production for that kind of money is ****. They could get HUGE assets from Columbus for Schneider, and let Luongo ride that contract longer until that window opens up, and hedge bets on Lack panning out, which i'd imagine he will - there is a good staff in the minors helping him along and he may very well be just as good, if not better, than Schneider. CS still has some issues with rebound control and Lack is much more stable, and plays a touch deeper in the net like a lot of swedes. Rebound control is solid. A numbers are solid. Great lateral movement. Follows the puck in traffic well.
Say the stars align and you get the second overall for CS - you take a 1-2 year vet backup for Lu, ride hm out until his NTC opens. Lack roasts in the AHL and keeps up the stellar play. You take a Dumba or Galchenyuk in the draft, and have Dumba grow with the big club with a LOT of good mentors, or you get a very productive third line center in Gal who is very obviously growing into something far better than that.
Two plus years from now you're moving that salary to a different team, Lack is taking the reins, you have a stellar forward or defenseman with your pick (plus some extras, for sure) and you're just as productive as you are now, if not more so by injecting some new blood into the team. That along with Tanev taking a bigger role, Schroeder giving you a 2-3 line forward, and you're looking far, far healthier for the future.
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