Strombabble: the Luongo Asking Price and Eddie Läck's Readiness

Thomas Drance
August 05 2012 11:16AM

 

During the month of August, NHL.com is doing a "30 for 30" series profiling and previewing every team in the league. In today's installment, senior writer Dan Rosen set his sights on the Vancouver Canucks. In speaking with General Manager Mike Gillis and Director of Player Personnel Dave Gagner, Rosen has uncovered some interesting tidbits about the team and their posture at this late point in the summer. In fact, there's enough new-ish insight there that I figured I'd quickly wade into the muck. 

Read past the jump for some choice snippets and analysis.

On the Luongo trade, Rosen writes that "Gillis is looking for what he believes is a fair market deal," and Gillis seemingly elaborated on the nature of Vancouver's asking price, as Rosen writes: "any trade involving Luongo will change the Canucks' depth chart at both the NHL level and the prospect level." This is in-line with what many of us have come to expect from a potential Luongo return, but it's expressed more explicitly here than we're used to, I think. Apparently a roster player, and a good prospect is the cost of doing business with Vancouver on Luongo.

While Gillis' asking price for Luongo remains relatively high, he Canucks General Manager refuses to put a timetable on any trade, calling any effort to do so "unrealistic," since, "in hockey things can change in five minutes with one phone call."

Gillis also reiterates the complete lack of urgency on Vancouver's end, saying there's a "possibility" the team will still bring Luongo to training camp. While seemingly no fans or media observers have bought into the "Luongo could remain a Canuck next season" suggestion from Vancouver's General Manager, it has been and clearly remains Gillis' official posture on the Luongo front. As we get deeper into August, one wonders if potential Luongo trade partners will begin to find this particular "bluff" (or is it?) somewhat more compelling...

On the subject of still unsigned restricted free-agent Eddie Läck, and his prospective (albeit Luongo dependent) role on the team next season, Gillis expressed confidence to Rosen regarding Läck's development readiness to be an NHL backup next season. Dave Gagner is quoted on the subject, saying:

"We like to be patient with our young players, but I think another organization would have already given him a chance to play at the NHL level... With our goaltending situation the way it's been we didn't really have to rush him. Now I think he's ready."

Certainly his performance against NHL shooters at the AHL level last season, suggests to me that Gagner's assessment of Läck's readiness is dead on.

[The quotes in this post all come from NHL.com, read the full article here.]

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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August 05 2012, 05:53PM
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Interesting stuff.

Now I'm thinking we might see Lack this yr as Corys back up? Interesting.

Regarding Luongos value, it makes sense. If falls in line with Rick Nashs value where CBJ got a top prospect, 2 quality roster players and 1st round pick. Although both players appeal to different markets and have different yet similar contracts, I think Lus value is slightly less due to his age. I think Gillis is right looking for a top prospect, 1 quality roster player and a pick. The stars have aligned for Gillis this summer. There's no competition on the market for #! goaltenders, Luongo has the monopoly.

I think Florida really wants Luongo. You hear a lot of people saying "oh they have 2 good goaltenders and Markstrom in the system, why would they want Luongo?". Then tell me, why is Tallon at the table peering at a $40+ million dollar contract when he's content with his current assets? I could understand if Tallon was running the NYRs, but he's not. He's running a small market, budget conscious team. He's at the table cause he wants Luongo. Should be interesting.

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