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11-06-2012, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Liferleafer View Post
From the Canucks standpoint you are absolutely correct. From the Leafs standpoint it IS down to what we can give up. It doesn't matter what Gillis feels Luongo's value is, Burke will only pay so much. There is nothing written that says Burke must trade for Luongo no matter what. So, i'll ask again, what happens IF Burke's offer is you sell lower?? Do you keep Luongo?

Keep Luongo. In fact, that's exactly what has happened to this point. Burke has refused to pay, and Lu is still in-house.

You're right Burke doesn't _have_ to deal for Lu. He only has to if he wants complete the deal. If he's ok with what he has, he can stand pat. Completely agree.

There is a timeline on Burke though. Every game his team plays without Lu, is a game they're more apt to lose due to poor goaltending. So while Gillis sits and waits, Burke is losing games. Follow that along and you end up with a pressure point for Burke: Do a deal or risk getting fired at the end of the year. Where as for Gillis it's do a deal or risk a disgruntled Luongo? Which is worse?

Time is not on Burke's side here. In a very real sense.

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