Trade for Luongo, Yea or Nay?
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06-24-2012, 04:19 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Broward, FL
For what it's worth, I initially hated this idea, but then I realized I just want what's best for the team and I think we can all agree that he's a top-10 (at worst) goalie. Even if you think he's a tad bit overrated, he's still an upgrade and upgrades are good.
Markstrom, imo, needs more time to develop and you can't just count on Theodore. I appreciate what Theo did, but he was realistically signed to be a 1A/1B goalie here. I think he exceeded most people's expectations and I actually liked the Theodore signing (most didn't even like it at the time, that's how much of a question he initially was). As consistent as he was most of the year, he wasn't the same toward the end of the season either.
Again, Lu is an upgrade to the team. Getting him wouldn't prevent us from getting offense because we'd just be trading a bad (better yet, worse) contract to Vancouver if the deal gets done. We'd be buying low which is never a bad thing to me.
I actually became a hockey fan because of Luongo and now dislike him more than Olli, Horton, and Bo. I feel like Luongo acted like a victim at the time of his departure here when reality was that he just didn't feel like re-signing here. However, things change and we no longer have Mike Keenan/a terrible team here. To be fair to Luongo, those were some brutal teams he played for. If not for him, they would've been absolutely embarrassed on a nightly basis.
In conclusion, I'm not a fan of him as a person but I really like it when the Panthers win and I welcome any upgrades that would help this team win.
He's clearly our best option available in terms of goaltending.
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