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12-04-2012, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Sypher04 View Post
1.) You can make an assumption that he will retire and he won't be looking to get paid for those last 4 years, but it's not necessarily reality. We really have no idea as to what Roberto's intentions are for the end of his contract; we didn't sign it. In either case, I'd say the earliest he'd walk away from that contract is 40. The main issue is that we really have no idea what Luongo's performance will be like at 37/38/39 years old, yet we'll be stuck with his full cap hit. Some goalies do not age well.

2.) Agreed, this is a big wildcard IMO. Maybe more of a stumbling block than point 1)

3.) So, in short, trading him isn't very simple. As I thought. If he turns 37/38 and his play is noticeably declining, and he has no intention of retiring until he he turns 40, he'd be basically immoveable.
One of the best goalies in Toronto history was 37 when they signed him. That was Eddie Belfour. So don't give the age crap about Lu. Goalies can play into their forties, and still preform well. They are t like forwards or Defenseman. They have a certain longevity to their careers. Look at Marty, he's forty and he just resigned because he can still do it is he as good as he was, probably not...but he's still a damn good goalie.

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