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01-10-2013, 01:23 PM
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Did I suggest tanking?
Trading away a good young prospect (or two!) for Luongo would hurt the Leafs further down the road.
Look, the Leafs aren't ready to compete for the Stanley Cup right now. I don't think they're in a position to start moving prospects away for a final championship piece. At least, not yet.
If the Leafs can get Luongo for peanuts then it makes sense. It doesn't make sense to sell the farm for him.
It makes perfect sense.
It's been brought up before. Say you keep it as is and finish close to the bottom of the pack. Will Kessel resign? will Phaneuf when he's up? These are your key players that want to win. If you continue to lose for another 3-4 years, will they really want to reup? What are you going to do then? Are any superstars going to sign there as UFAs to bolster your team?
Why do players like Hamhuis, Garrison, Mitchell, sign lesser deals in Vancouver? because they want to win. Why is Vancouver winning? because it has good goaltending. Why does it have good goaltending? because Luongo stabilized that situation and allowed the GM to build a team around him while people like Kesler Burrows Edler Bieksa developed.
Look at the big picture, Luongo doesn't help you win the SC now, but when Luongo is long gone and retired, your prospects will have had the time to develop so that you can ice your SC contender team. Luongo at this point, probably knows he's never going to win a cup. He's just a stopgap to help a team win, keep management happy and let them develop their talent
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