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10-27-2012, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by
Drop the Sopel
If Luongo was willing to play in Edmonton and Oiler management turned down a deal like that they should all be shot. Luongo's impact on the organization would be on a completely different level to Hemsky's and give them a solid foundation in goal that a guy like Dubnyk never will.
Steve Tambellini is the master of building atrocious hockey teams but if he had a chance to acquire a star netminder with Luongo's consistency, durability and work ethic he would jump at it. You turn down opportunities like this and you're on the unemployment line before sundown.
At some point, the Oilers will need to turn these picks into on ice success. Luongo for Hemsky and a 1st does just that.
Luongo is 33 and getting worse every season. The Oilers core is, on average, 21 years old and getting significantly better every season.
Putting Luongo on the Oilers in 2012 makes them better at a time they can't possibly win (teenagers don't win Stanley Cups). Unfortunately, it also makes them substantially worse when they are ready to compete; with $5.3 million in cap space tied up in an aging (likely mediocre by that time) goaltender and key assets like Hemsky and a first squandered.
For all the flack Steve Tambellini takes on these boards, he'd have to be operating at a Jay Feaster level of incompetence to make that deal. Call me an optimist but I don't think he's that dumb.
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