Re: Luongo, Luongo, Luongo
posted at 7/24/2013 6:58 PM EDT
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
I think it is a big gamble because Bo Horvat doesn't keep pucks out of the net, and if Luongo continues the downward trend of inconsistency in recent years there will be little patience for him. And Luongo is stuck there forever, regardless of his aging and emotional instability.
If/when Luongo falters, I think the fans and media will be all over him, because he was chosen over what appeared to be a more desirable option to many people. Then the fans and media decide we want a young, elite goalie, you know, like the Bruins have. And then they say "wait, we had that guy, and we dealt him away...not because we had to, but because our GM chose Luongo over him."
So, I think it is an added liability for Gillis to say it was a choice or a preference for Luongo. You can bet that if Luongo stinks he'll change his tune and say "my hands were tied by the cap -- we couldn't keep Schneider...the league is plotting against us..." and so forth.
Fletch, he's changed his agent, Gilles Lupien, the guy who negotiated the 12 year, $64 million contract to the J. P. Barry and Pat Brisson team who have, among others as clients, the Sedins, Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Bernier, Danny Briere, Martin Brodeur, Dan Cleary, Cyndy Crosby (Heh, heh), Shane Doan, Matt Duschene, Ray Emery, Cam Fowler, Claude Giroux, Dany Heatley, Segei Gonchar, Shawn Horcoff, Erik Johnson, Seth Jones, Patrick Kane, Anze Kopitar, Nathan Makinnon, Evgeni Malkin, Max Talbot, John Tavares and Jonathan Toews. Do you think anything should be read into him making this change at this time?