This has nothing to do with the cap coming down. I think, if anything, the proposed cap changes in the NHL's lastest CBA offer would help Luongo's value to Florida, not hurt it. They were never going to be spending to the $70 million dollar cap before anyways - with or without Lu on the books.
Dreger has been playing down Luongo's value since the offseason started. I just assumed he was acting alone, and on behalf of TML front office, as he usually is. Do you not remember his initial reports when he claimed any deal for Luongo to Toronto would likely have Komisarek coming back to Van?
So you disagree with Dreger, therefore you believe he's a shill for the Leafs.
Before the Leafs traded Kaberle to Boston, Dreger was telling everyone that would listen Kaberle had very little value and was worth at most a second rounder. Was he a Leafs homer when he did that?
Just because, based his his vast more knowledge than you have, he shares a difference of opinion does not make it proof he works for MLSE behind the scenes.
I know many of my fellow Leaf fans are quite down on Komisarek now, but trading our only pure defensive defenseman just when we've hired a coach who can utilize him properly just doesn't make sense, unless of course we plan to have Gardiner pushing guys out of the crease, in which case I give up.
The biggest mistake a team could make this summer is to over-value Luongoís worth on the open market. We saw it happen back in 2009 when the Montreal Canadiens acquired Scott Gomez from the Rangers for a package that included Ryan McDonagh. At the time, Montreal had a ton of cap space and Rangers General Manager Glen Sather dumped his problem in Pierre Gauthierís lap. Montreal should have received a blue chip prospect for taking care of the Rangerís problem, instead, Pierre Gauthier inexplicably traded a prospect to acquire a player that New York was desperate to move. Given this ridiculous trade, itís no surprise that Gauthier is no longer employed by the Canadiens.
The Gomez trade is a classic example of how mistakes are made in the NHL. Good teams manage their cap well, they donít throw off their internal pay scale by signing or trading for over-priced veterans, and they keep and develop their prospects. Any GM that is entertaining the notion of trading for Luongo should take a long look at the market and recognize that Vancouver has no leverage in this situation.
With the potential trade of Roberto Luongo on the horizon, many are wondering what his trade value is.
And the answer is simple: not much.
If this were a typical trade, then the Vancouver Canucks might be able to get a top-six forward and a prospect/draft pick. But that is not the case, as Mike Gillis and the Canucks have no bargaining power.
Luongo is a pragmatic, intelligent man. He knows if he wants out of Vancouver, and that's certainly his preference, he can't close the door on too many places because, right now anyway, there aren't too many places that want or can afford him and his contract.
Florida and Toronto appear to have the greatest interest in Luongo, but not so great that either team is at this point willing to meet what they say is a steep asking price from Vancouver.
[B]Florida won't give up a blue-chip prospect and their offer most certainly includes a contract they'd like to get rid of.
The Leafs just think the current asking price is exorbinant and do not consider themselves to be in the mix until it's lowered.
The guy is wildly overrated by the Cancucks and their fans.
In the Vancouver Sun article you left out the next sentence.
How dare you offer flotsam for Luongo?
And in the TSN article, they say Florida won't give up a Blue Chip prospect(i.e Huberdeau or Bjugstad) which makes sense, as they have Markstrom, but obviously that implies other teams are willing to give up more value...Just not Gillis' initial asking price of Gardiner/1st/Frattin/Bozak.