Here’s our solution: deal Lou for Vincent

Roberto Luongo’s on-again, off-again relationship with Canucks’ fans wasn’t helped any Tuesday night by his team’s lacklustre 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers. Despite stellar regular-season play and his Olympic gold medal, many fans believe the brooding, somewhat joyless Mr. Luongo is incapable of carrying the team to Lord Stanley’s promised land.

The loss to the Rangers wasn’t Luongo’s fault entirely; the forwards lacked finish despite generating 40 shots.

But it was Luongo who was judged the heel, with fans delivering a Bronx cheer when he handled a simple shot after letting in the third of four goals. Patience has clearly run out, especially with backup Cory Schneider appearing to be the better player.

Many people say the Canucks made a huge mistake in signing Lou to a 12-year, $64-million no-trade contract in 2009 because it makes parting with him impossible. So here’s our solution.

Trade Luongo straight up for Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who has a similar, $85-million, 11-year no-trade deal. With Steve Stamkos in Tampa, Lecavalier is no longer top dog and could use a fresh start as much as Lou.

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9 Responses to Here’s our solution: deal Lou for Vincent

  1. mojo19 says:

    Worst trade suggestion I've heard in a long time. Lecavalier is awesome, Luongo is terrible. Lecavalier is *maybe* a bit overpayed, and ya his contract goes on for a few years too long. But Luongo is GROSSLY overpaid and his contract goes on for way too long. How much too long? Ans: how ever many years remain on his contract.

    Luongo is trash. Biggest choker ever, and most over rated goalie of his generation. He would be a downgrade on Roloson as well, which is another reason why this trade makes no sense.

    Canucks fans are stuck with this brutal contract, and the ultimate un-clutch goalie. Luuuuuuuuu

  2. mojo19 says:

    I have a better one -> Luongo for Dipietro.

    This would be pretty ironic, since it was the drafting of Dipietro that prompted the Isle's to deal Luongo back in the day.

  3. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Big deal if he loses a feel games..

    Fleury did it last year and had his best year ever even without key players on their team.

    Give him a chance. Overrated sure, but hey, I wouldn't mind him on the Leafs if he played consistently. I'd be pretty damn well pressured to follow up a game 7 stanley cup run season…

  4. MystifoLeafs says:

    I say he goes back to Florida, they need goaltending and he has played there before. I am sure a deal could be worked out. As for Vinny idea, what are ya on crack? I mean Sedin, Kessler where does Vinny fit?

  5. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    What could Florida offer for Lou?

  6. mapleleafsfan says:

    A bag of pucks and a plane ticket

  7. alpalstewart says:

    perhaps the Bluejackets offer a deal that cant be refused, going the way of Rick Nash hasnt worked so far. So Nash straight across for Luongo.

    jackets just picked up carter so start there. i'd rather start with luongo and carter than nash and carter.
    IMO this is a fair straight accross deal.
      nash-kesler -raymond/samuelsson
    thats a sick 1st 2 lines
    the jackets are looking to make the playoffs not win the cup. luongo definitely gives anyteam a chance. he has always been a slow starter.
    this guy made the knuckleheads competetive while waiting for the twins to develope. he could do the same thing in columbus more so than Nash.
  8. alpalstewart says:

    the only asset they lose is Nash but it creates a huge changing of the guard. would definitely shake up both teams

  9. reinjosh says:

    Love the media overreacting. Luongo is a beast of a goalie and an elite one at that. He's always top 5 and has been since his years in Florida (which is surprising). And I mean, he only won 15 games in last years playoffs. Aw shit, what a failure. Yes, he had an issue in the Olympic final and yes he had a struggle or two in last year's playoffs but in the end it was him the team won in front of, not Schneider. You'd think he was the biggest failure in the league from all the sort of talk this is getting.

    That contract sucks though. Gillis was an idiot for signing that deal. More reason to be happy with Burke's stance on long term contracts…to much can happen to make these deals problems.  

    Also, lol at Mike Gillis freaking out over this trade offer. Apparently he doesn't like the "lack of accountability" that the media has. Granted I get it, he's protecting his asset (and an expensive one at that). Still funny. 

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