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10-30-2012, 01:56 PM
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Edler Von Gud
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Why all the focus on Toronto? and why the rush?

I think with the lockout hurting some of the smaller US markets we will see Luongo's value grow to those teams. Some of these teams can't afford to bleed money from low ticket sales and revenue that could result from an extended lockout. Some of these teams could use an upgrade in goal to help secure a playoff spot which would go a long way in bringing market interest back. Not to mention that Luongo is one of the most recognizable faces of the NHL, someone you can put on tickets, and something you can market to the fans. Columbus and Florida make sense. I doubt either team is confident they will make the playoffs with their current goaltending situation, and each could use the star revenue he would provide.

Then we have teams like Chicago, Detroit, San Jose, and Washington that are in win now mode and may or may not be interested in Luongo. Some may have luke warm interest that could explode some point between now and next summer into heavy interest if Crawford stinks it up, Howard won't sign an extension, Niemi can't find himself, or caps youngsters struggle.

The longer the lockout goes, the longer we hold on to Luongo, the longer the list of suitors and trade possibilities.

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