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10-18-2012, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel View Post
His value goes up because teams wouldn't be on the hook for his cap hit if he retires. This was an uncertainty before the CBA expired and one that could have made teams hesitant. If this is no longer a concern his value goes up accordingly...
That's an assumption. We have no idea if teams were hesitant because of this or not. The contract can still have negative value. Many people said, "If his play regresses, just send him to the minors". The issue with this now is that what was purposed is NHL Contracts playing in the AHL then would count towards the cap. This is an assumption as well, but that's why we don't know. It depends what is holding the team looking to acquire Luongo back.

For the Leafs, the issue probably was never the contract. The issue was we do not become a contender with Lu, and likely wouldn't be ready to contend for quite some time. At the point when the team is ready to contend, Luongo is likely much older. The "hesitance" is the fact that nobody knows how long Luongo can preform at an elite level. This is why you won't see a premier prospect or player moved from the Leafs in order to acquire him. The "hesitance" is likely still there.

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