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06-12-2013, 10:44 PM
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What makes you think a guy is going to turn down millions when it is guaranteed until 2022?
I wouldn't do that.
You also don't have millions already in the bank. Luongo's final three years of his deal combine for a total of $3,618,000. Factor in taxes and it will be a fraction of that. You really think if he's not playing at a high level that he's going to put his family and personal life aside, while hindering the team he plays for with an inflated cap, in order to make a couple million? Not likely. There's a reason his contract was structured this way. Almost 90% of his total contract will have been paid out when the 2018 off-season rolls around, there's reason for that and it's why the NHL implemented the "Luongo rule".
Your assumption of retirement works well for people that aren't guaranteed money for the next 9 years. We aren't talking Roloson here.
You don't think that perhaps this deal was structured with Luongo's desire to retire at a certain age in mind? You know, like right around the same time that the salary drops right off? Luongo has a young family that he hardly gets to see due to his career and his wife's desire to remain in Florida. If he doesn't get traded back to Florida, I think it's very likely that Luongo isn't going to continue playing for a mere pittance to what he's accustomed to, while also being a hindrance cap wise to his team, especially if his level of play is nowhere near his cap hit.
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