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Originally Posted by NHL1674 View Post
Yeah, but consider how long his contract is. Now look at how "well" the Jackets have done in their 10-12 years? He'd be risking playing a good portion of his time left in the league on a team that may not sniff the playoffs for a long time. It's the same reason why I can't see Parise and Suter signing here. We have some ways to go yet. But Columbus is a pure train wreck.

If he had a shorter contract, then maybe he'd be fine with it. But it's too dang long. He'd be in the same boat as Carter was....wanting out in a hurry.
The difference between Nash and Luongo is that Luongo is considered "damaged", so there may not be many teams in the league willing to take a chance on him. He is an amazing regular season goalie and it would be a very significant upgrade compared to the cast of rotating nobodies Columbus has now. It's not too much of a stretch to think that if he gets traded to the Jackets, the Jackets are a playoff team in a rather short time as long as they can assemble a competent group in front of him.

And once he gets the the playoffs, he may finally find his groove because no one would expect Columbus to get past the first round, or even win many games. There would be very little pressure for Luongo in such a situation and that could be exactly what he might want after being benched for games 3, 4, and 5 of this series, and being the goat that's taken the blame for Vancouvers last couple of postseason failures.

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