Thread: Speculation: More Luongo Talk
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01-03-2013, 11:51 AM
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On paper, the Canucks do not look ready to hit the ice. They have an aging, battered core. There are serious roster issues. So, Gillis cannot afford to roll the dice on prospects or picks. He is out of time. This core group will fall out of contention if the cap falls to the imagined sixty million because they need a stronger supporting cast now, not a cheaper one!

The future is now for the Canucks. If Gillis trades for potential he weakens the teram. Non roster return is not a viable option. The Canucks need help now and can only accept roster players in any trades. Not only this, but they need high calibre players capable of contributing immediately. Luongo must return at least a useful piece or else why weaken goaltending? Teams interested in Luongo should expect painful cost. Gillis must get someone good enough to step into Vancouver's line-up in a key role.

I do not think Gillis understands the term "stacking for a run". I don't really expect him to attempt it now. He doesn't have the pieces to deal off, anyway. I think he stands pat to get this group a last playoff run. They'll make the playoffs and the imminent changes will give them some sense of immediacy. Retaining Vignault suggests they aren't changing their approach.

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