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01-09-2013, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by RandV View Post
It's not rocket science. If a number of teams are interested in Luongo, then Vancouver has some leverage by playing the offers against each other. Say 5 teams submit offers for Luongo. Gillis takes the offer he likes best, then goes to the other 4 teams and says 'add a little more or I'm going to accept this other offer'. If everyone stands pat then that's what Vancouver is stuck with. Chances are that those opening offers will be relatively low and teams will bid against each other up to something a bit more reasonable for Vancouver.
Just doing that isn't getting leverage. Bidding wars only become leverage after all other options have been explored for all bidders involved. Luongo isn't a prized gem, he's a veteran goalie with a gigantic contract. Other options than him have a lot more weight than most Canucks fans think and that's including doing nothing at all for a 48 games + playoff season.

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