The Luongo Thread: Just The Beginning (mod warning in post #445)
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04-04-2013, 04:34 PM
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Certainly they have holes. Every new playoff team does. Heck EVERY team has holes. And so I agree it is a time of some evaluation. As I mentioned earlier it then makes sense not to bring in high priced (asset wise) rentals. However, when you have holes and question marks and can solve one of those issues and remove it from your mind for several years with what amounts to nothing it's either a bold move/evaluation OR it's a lack of focus on what is important to the team now and thinking too far down the road.
Yes the leafs have holes up front. Yes they have holes on the blueline. I personally think he has holes in goal that will become evident in round 1 to everybody (I know I could be wrong). So at which point you have to ask yourself the question..."what did nonis do this year because those were the same holes that existed before?" Did he give his team a chance to do anything in the playoffs? Did he help them along?
And let's face it, whether he accepted a deal for Luongo or not they were having discussions right up to the deadline on some level. He knows he has some big question marks in goal and on some level wanted to address it. Whether it be Kiprusoff or Luongo. And because of that he really doesn't have an issue with the contract or with bringing in an established #1. His problem then was asset cost. To me that doesn't make sense and I wonder if his thinking out 3 or 4 years that those picks might be players tripped him up; not able to realize he has time to make those picks up. Now if he was just yanking Gillis' chain up until the deadline then you have to ask yourself "If he wasn't serious at any level why wasn't he putting his efforts into doing something else on deadline day?"
Well you may be right about the goaltending hole but realistically Nonis opted for the potential solution of running with his current goalies who, while inexperienced, are playing well. Not a bad option by any means. He wants his goalies to prove themselves and if they fail epicly this post season as you think they might, Nonis can re-evalute the Luongo situation in the offseason. Might be the best timing for both teams if you think about it.
Regardless of how the playoffs go, simply making it there will be a success for the Leafs. Next year and the years to follow though, that will change. The general consensus amongst Leaf fans was that Toronto wasn't going to do much at this deadline and for good reason. Our prospect pool is fairly shallow and there is still quite a bit of building to do.
I was really hoping they would pick up a top 4 rightie defenseman at this deadline but alas, O'Byrne.
Also, if you believe reports (which I often don't) Nonis was okay with the contract but only if it meant he got Luongo for little to no value going back apparently. Not sure if that's true or not, I was just listening to TSN (and they sure do love to speculate). I don't think he was yanking Gillis' chain.
It all comes down to Nonis' belief if whether or not Reimer can be the guy. Fortunately for him hemay have some leeway one way or the other.
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