Article on Luongo practices this morning and greatly favors return to Panthers
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09-05-2012, 11:43 AM
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This year in the AHL, next year he'd play backup in the NHL to ensure that he can face NHL level shooters. If that goes well, he'd be a starter the year after that (i.e. 3 years). If there's any adjustment period you are looking at 4 years and he'll be a year away from UFA by then if the rules don't change.
Trusting a goalie with no NHL experience to be your full-time starter is a recipe for disaster, especially if you have intentions of actually being competitive.
In a certain respect the Canucks were lucky that Schneider was a backup last year, if he put up his stats while playing 50-60 games, he probably would be asking for a contract with a cap hit higher than Luongo's.
Just Moore + LAK 1st would make us a significantly worse team now and not really give us good options for the future (i.e. trade deadline). I don't make the trade because it really doesn't help us. This changes if we need to make room for Doan or something like that.
If he stayed healthy this year its pretty likely he would get called up mid-season to start that transition as a backup, probably doing a full split 40-40 the year after.
I should of been more clear in my initial post, it might take 3 years for him to be a full time starter, I more so meant 3 years was longer than I thought it would take him to become and NHL regular (playing some meaningful games).
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