According to an article today from the Globe and Mail, Roberto Luongo is willing to waive his no-trade clause. This of course confirms Vancouver choosing to install Cory Schneider as their #1 Netminder. If you compare the play of Schneider and Luongo during their playoff series against the LA Kings, this should be no surprise to anyone.
This “announcement” has no doubt caused a bit of uneasiness among the the Lightning faithful, as most were certain they would see Schneider in Bolt Blue playing between the pipes at the Forum. Even though Schnieder was at best only rumored to be the #1 target, he had been annointed the next Tampa Tendy by the fans.
So where does that leave Luongo? Well, whichever team picks up Luongo, it will be a tough pill to swallow, as he comes complete with a 12 year, $64 Million contract. Right off the bat I sense Columbus. They have been known to pick up other large contracts (Jeff Carter) and will most likely be dealing Rick Nash once the Cup is awarded to a team who will be desperate to fill that one last hole. Of course our favorite THN columnist, Ken Campbell, alluded to the possibility of Luongo being switched for Vincent Lecavalier.
Done laughing? Let’s take a look at this from a purely objective standpoint. Both have huge contracts, however Luongo would be less of a cap hit to Tampa Bay (almost $2.5 million/yr less). However, Lecavalier has a No Movement Clause so he would have to be willing to waive it, and I really do not forsee that happening. Not that I am advocating for Luongo, the Peyton Manning of NHL Goaltenders, but you never know, he could “Mike Smith” it next season in his new surroundings… which in reality, will not likely be Tampa Bay.
So who will be the next annointed one Tampa Bay? It appears, former (former-ish) Bolt, Curtis McElhinney will be avaiable. No?
– Jim Courteau
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