Roberto Luongo XXVI - Love me Lu (Admin Warning: Post 178)
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07-31-2012, 11:04 AM
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No to Goc and Petrovic.
Can't move Goc unless we get another center of his ability and Tallon considers Petrovic one of our top prospects.
Rather substitue Robak instead of Petrovic.
Robak has improved every single season, from major junior, all the way through his cup of coffee in he NHL.
Petrovic, on the other hand, regressed between his last two seasons in major junior.
PIMs also indicate that Robak is the far more disciplined of the two.
Robak is the keeper of the two.
Plus, when you add youngsters like Robak, Matheson, Ellerby, Kulikov, and Gudbranson to Weaver, Campbell, Kuba and Jovanovski, Florida has enough blueline depth for a long time to cover up for the hypothetical loss of Petrovic.
As for Goc, he does thrive with greater responsibility, as was given to him in Florida, meaning his value is probably greater as a Panthers than as a member of just about any other club that doesn't give him Top-6 minutes, but is he replaceable? Absolutely.
Panther fans should be OK with a Goc+Petrovic+Theodore for Luongo deal.
Frankly anything that doesn't include...
...should make Panthers fans happy.
Rejecting anything else is greedy.
And, as I noted previously in this thread, Markstrom won't be a 55-plus-games-started-per-year No. 1 for at least 3 years, so bringing in Luongo to cover at least that amount of time (no guarantee Markstrom is ready by then) wouldn't be the worst idea.
Here's 2013's UFA goalie group...
Nabokov (38 y/o)
Lehtonen (will be re-signed)
Howard (will be re-signed)
Thomas (39 y/o; if he takes the year off, who knows what you'll be getting)
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