eh, they're all Leafies and they want him, so are on an endless value smear campaign
I doubt it's even that complex.
Basically Luongo has the optimal combination of the biggest name, biggest, longest term, cap manipulatingest contract signed with the team with the biggest following (especially amongst TSN viewers/readers).
All the rest play for American teams and the only contract substantially worse (in terms of manipulating the cap hit) than Luongo's is Ilya Kovalchuks but since NJ is basically the witness protection program and the Canucks are actively looking to deal Luongo, the choice is clear.
Basically, focus on Luongo and you've got a pre-made discussion going already. There's no storyling around Kovalchuk or Zetterberg or Hossa.
Which of the Canuck's goalies has more trade value, if traded to the Leafs?
Luongo would return?
Snieder would return?
Which one, therefore, should be traded?
Luongo is more proven, but Schneider has potential. Schneider probably has more value because his contract doesn't bring problems with him, and he's likely a better fir then Luongo on say the Leafs, Panthers.
Still would rather trade Luongo, even if Schneider did have more value.
You guys read the article on Luongo already being traded to Leafs and just waiting for new CBA ? Popped over here to see what was being said over here.
Good to see some people are reasonable and don't expect the trade (If it was to be true) to involve Gardiner... Couldn't see him leaving unless it was for an elite centerman, and even in just the couple AHL games so far his skating/control has blown me away.
Could see a package of NHL defenseman (Franson anyone?), Goalie (Scrivens or Reimer?), and a mid ranking prospect from the A (Blacker, Deschamps, maybe Frattin)
I don't think Toronto desperately needs a goalie, and Burke is far from being fired if he doesn't grab a goalie this year, as the fruit of his labour is just starting to bloom, and will start to show in the next year.
Luongo would be a good addition for a push, and playoffs would be nice, but I'd rather get a good pick in this draft to be honest.. and the first from this year ain't going anywhere that's for sure !