Trading Schneider instead of Luongo?
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01-07-2013, 08:45 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
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Well, Vancouver isnt getting any younger! The Sedin and Burrows are getting up there and have maybe seen their best days and we haven't seen their replacements come through our system so, yes, we are in a win now mode.
1) Trading Luongo for scraps gives Vancouver the same quality of goaltending (assuming Schneider can play up to Luongo's level), but does not provide anything to the system that cant be had via waiver wire or free agency. Schneider's cap hit will be a mere $1.3m less than Luongo, and although younger,will certainly be higher thanLuongo when Schneider's new contract comes due - Assuming he stays in Vancouver. Therefore Vancouver will surely be in a decline within a year or two.
2) Trading Schneider will give Vancouver a better return - even if it's just one top tier younger player and a draft pick, we are still way ahead. We would have Luongo locked up till he retires, and at the same time he would be grooming Lack (who if we keep Schneider will almost certainly move on). In 3-4 years, when the Sedins are roll players, we'll need someone to step forward and our best chip to aquire that player is Schneider.
This would have been the right move at last season's trade deadline. Unfortunately for the Canucks, the well is poisoned now.
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