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01-10-2013, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by 416Leafer View Post
Toronto could stay the course and likely draft in the top 5. There are no expectations that Toronto win this year, there are too many holes on the roster.

If Vancouver still has Lou by the time this season ends, what do you think his value will be? Especially if Schneider played most of the games and was the #1? If other teams barely wanted Luongo as a 33 year old with 10 years left after coming off a season as a #1, why would they want to pay more for him as a 34 year old with 9 years left after coming off a season as a #2 (albeit a good one that could easily be a #1)?

Unless Vancouver plans on keeping both goalies longterm, or trading Schneider and going with Luongo longterm. Then the pressure is really on them to move him now while his already low value is declining with time/age.

Toronto can afford to wait until the summer, draft with their high draft pick, and try and acquire a different temporary solution such as Backstrom, or maybe Elliot has another good year and Halak becomes available, etc etc.
No offence. But I hear the same thing every year from Leaf fans about all the goalies that will be available next year. Guess what? Most of those guys re-sign with their club or the older established guys like Vokoun etc sign with teams that they think they have a shot with winning with. In the end, the crop of goalies who are available are marginal at best.

And, if we risk losing out on Bozak by waiting longer, I don't see that as a big risk.

Last edited by vanwest: 01-10-2013 at 02:43 PM.
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