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12-08-2012, 03:38 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Victoria, BC
I'm confused how 5.3M is considered an outrageous caphit for Lu. Debate all you want if he's Top 5, but I've yet to see anyone be able to reasonably argue that he is outside of the Top 10.
A Top 10 goaltender at just over 5M a year. Rinne is at 7, Miller 6.25, Lundqvist 6.75, Backstrom 6, Bryz 5.67, Hiller 4.5, Thomas 5, Ward 6.3, Kipper 5.83.
Luongo is cheaper than most of these, and still playing at an elite level. 33 is not old for a goaltender. 38+, sure, but inflation will see 5.3M being peanuts if the league continues to grow. Not to mention the ability for retirement/demotion to minors if his play drops off a cliff.
It's crazy how most realistic set of teams talking hypothetical trades on these boards can at some point come to a fair shake on value. Yet this has gone on for months, and people are still going on about Luongo's cap hit and how he's not worth more then a prospect whose development curve screams bust in Kadri.
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