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05-08-2012, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Nuck This View Post
Luongo is the best goalie on the market. All teams will kick the tires on him first. Whoever's willing to buck up and pay the price will land him. They'll be happy they did. He's a lot better than what most fans on here say. Give him a year with your team and he'd be a fan favorite and take whichever team he's on to the post season.
The issue with Luongo is the contract. That is seriously going to depress his value. The Sharks for instance would have absolutely no part of it and won't kick the tires at all. Doug Wilson is a vocal opponent of exactly those kinds of contracts, and there are other GM's who feel the same. Also, generally the return for goalies is not huge.

The Sharks may very well trade Niemi because while he wasn't a 'problem', he hasn't been great constantly, and Greiss has been better (not a lot, but slightly). They also have a backlog of goalies in the AHL (3 at the moment) and Stalock is NHL ready (and has starter potential). If the Sharks can get a pick or something for Niemi they would be smart to do so and roll with Greiss and Stalock worst case.

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