Bolts need long-term answer at goalie

A perfectly laid out plan often gets tossed in the trash before it can be executed.

Or at least, that’s what appears to be the case in regards to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s seemingly endless search to find a long-term goaltender.

Rational thought led many to believe the trades made by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman prior to the deadline were done with a primary focus in mind – acquire as many assets as possible and use them to work out a deal with the Vancouver Canucks to acquire 26-year-old goaltender Cory Schneider.

But that route seems to have hit a detour as Schneider – and not Roberto Luongo – played in goal for Vancouver’s final three games of a first-round playoff exit to the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings. That move was a changing-of-the-guard by the Canucks, and led to Luongo reportedly asking to be traded during his exit interview with Vancouver management.

In the coming days, Luongo is expected to submit a list of teams he would like to be traded to and you can bet Tampa Bay will be on that list as a desired destination.

But will Luongo be on the Lightning’s list?

Not likely as Luongo has 10 years remaining on a 12-year extension he signed two years ago and is owed just more than $47 million. That’s a long commitment for Tampa Bay to take on considering it has a similar contract with Vinny Lecavalier, and unless it was Lecavalier going the other way – again, unlikely – Tampa Bay does not appear to be a match.

13 Responses to Bolts need long-term answer at goalie

  1. mojo19 says:

    I hope Yzerman makes a strong play for Luongo so Burkie can't.


     How about Elliot or Halak, I doubt St-Louis will keep both or that either one of them will want to play back-up to the other next year. So I think that one of them will be available, if not, I doubt they will go after Luongo with the big contracts they already have(Lecavalier).

  3. albertateams says:

    There are three different routes Stevie Y could go:

    1) The veteran goalie (ex. Louongo, Kipper or Thomas)
    2) The young potential #1 (ex. Rassk, Bernier or Enroth)
    3) Journeyman / Reclamation project (ex. C. Mason, S Mason, Gustavsson)

    The preference I'm sure is to get the young potential #1 but the cost could be insane and I don't know if they have the appetite to part with prospects to land the older veteran. I'm betting they try a reclamation project. Steve Mason seems like a good fit to me. With maybe a veteran to back him up / insurance if he continues to struggle. Maybe Chris Mason.

  4. SabresFan220 says:

    Buffalo isn't just handing off Enroth, they need a reliable backup before ever sending him away. Enroth isn't ready to be a #1 goalie yet anyway, and I doubt Tampa would plan on giving up much to get him. The Sabres have struggled in prior years with unreliable veteran backups before Enroth came in, they aren't just going to give him up now that they finally have one. The only reasons to trade Enroth would be: 1.The offer on the table for him is too good to refuse 2. He refuses to sign an extension and they're concerned he jumps to the KHL 

    Tampa will be better off looking at goalies whose teams are ready to part ways with them, like Mason as you mentioned, or Reimer in Toronto.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Halak to Tampa Bay would be interesting. And the Blues have Elliot signed for a lot less than Halak so it could make sense.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Over the course of the last two seasons I think Enroth has been about as good as Miller, or course he's played a lot less games. Still, if the Sabres could get a decent return for them I could see them trading Enroth and then maybe signing a reliable veteran back up. Interesting option: Bring back Marty Biron. He had a good dynamic with Miller before.

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    If Halak is made avail(he won't be), it changes everything. Everyteam who wants a goalie looks into him as he is the best option period when you add all the factors, age cap hit etc.


    What about Ramo, I think this is the last year of his contract in the KHL?

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    Not sure but what about him? He is property of the Habs, is he not? I don't think abyone will be looking to an unproven NHL goalie as the answer. He would be good to provide competition however.

  10. SabresFan220 says:

    Biron might love to come back, however he's probably looking for a #1 job this summer. His numbers warrant the possibility at least, even if they're the result of the Rangers' defense corps.

    Enroth started off quite well, but after Miller's concussion this year and he was called into action full time, he showed he's not ready to split the season in a 1a 1b scenario. He tops off at 30 games next season, which is a lot for a backup anyway. The Sabres are unlikely to give up Enroth unless the return can't be ignored.

  11. albertateams says:

    Property of the Flames. He was in the Cammy for Bourque trade.

  12. thisgamewelose says:

    How is Ramo doing? I remember drafting him in my Eastside hockey manager 2007 game. I had big plans for him, never panned out since I had Lundqvist, and by the time he was done, somebody better than Ramo came along. 

  13. albertateams says:

    He's arguably the top goalie not in the Nhl. He had another solid season in the KHL and took his team to the finals.

    The only problem is he has 1 more year on his KHL contract or Calgary would bring him over (they might work something out still).

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