Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/16/14

VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 22: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks congratulates teammate goalie Roberto Luongo #1 after defeating the Nashville Predators during NHL action on December 22, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Patience isn’t always a virtue I’m sure that most Canucks fans will gladly tell you that now. In fact, I’d venture to say that certain people in the Canucks’ management would agree with that statement to a varying extent. In the summer of 2012 before the lockout began, it was rumoured that Leafs had offered a package consisting of Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and Ben Scrivens for Roberto Luongo. As we know, Gillis was ultimately forced to deal Cory Schneider for the 9th overall draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry draft (used to select London Knight center Bo Horvat) as he could not find a trade suitor for Luongo and ownership was unwilling to buy him out. Assuming that this widely rumoured package the Leafs had offered is true, let’s take a look at what waiting a year to solve the crease issue ultimately cost the Canucks… The deal that actually happened: Gave up Cory Schneider for the 9th overall pick (Horvat). Schneider is a 27 year old, former 1st round pick of the Canucks and was named the #1 goalie in the playoffs in 2012. He assumed that title until he was ultimately dealt to New Jersey, after the Canucks had invested numerous years grooming in the minors and back-up role to take over the#1 job. In July of 2012, he re-signed for 3 years at a cap-friendly $4m per, after he had been named the #1 goalie. Schneider is widely regarded as one of the best young goaltenders around and holds a career 0.922 save % in his NHL career. Bo Horvat is an 18 year old center who played for the London Knights and put up 33g-28a-61pts in 67 regular season games, then chipped in 16-7-23 in 21 playoff games in the OHL this year. He is widely considered a strong two-way player with the makings of a solid 2nd line center. The (rumoured) deal that got away Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and Ben Scrivens for Roberto Luongo. Bozak, 27, put up 12-16-28 in 46 games while mainly playing alongside Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk on the Leafs’ top line in 2013, but ideally would be a #2 center on a contending team. Gillis kept a bitter Luongo, who is 33 years old with a cap hit of $5.33m per season. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick-Canucks) In a year that saw us trade prospect Kevin Connauton and a 2nd rd pick for a rental player in Derek Roy to fill a hole at center, Bozak could’ve been a useful addition for the Canucks. Kadri was selected by the Leafs’ 7th overall in the 2009 NHL draft and was considered a top NHL prospect. He made good of that label this year by putting up 18-26-44 in 48 games played in his first full season in the show and final year of his entry-level contract. He appears to have all the makings to be a front line scoring center. Scrivens, 26, is a serviceable NHL back-up, posting a 0.915 sv% this past season and carried a cap hit of $612,500 (according to CapGeek). Ultimately, the Canucks gave up Schneider and his $4m per year for the next 2 seasons and kept a bitter Luongo, who is 33 years old with a cap hit of $5.33m per season until 2022 (at which point he will be in his early 40′s). Should Lu retire after turning 35 the Canucks will be on the hook for that cap hit until the contract is up, not to mention there’s a chance he doesn’t report to camp. Meanwhile, the solid 26 year old back-up Scrivens could’ve been for $612,500 to compliment Schneider and combined for a cap hit of $4.6125m. Compare that combo to Lu’s hit + whoever his back-up is and their cap hit and it hurts a little bit more. In addition, the #7 draft pick (Kadri) in 2009 who is a young, NHL-ready player with top end scoring ability that could contribute to a team now was ultimately forgone for the #9 pick this year. This years pick turned into an 18 year old with a bright 2-way future, but it isn’t certain when he will be ready to produce at the NHL level. The Derek Roy trade could have been negated, allowing the Canucks to keep their 2nd round pick and Connauton and instead deploy a strong faceoff and two-way center in Bozak. Now I know hindsight is 20-20, but one has to consider that when a deal is offered that includes 3 elements that your team is seeking for a player you are trying to move and a situation that needs to be cleared up, it would be in best interest to take it while its there. Sometimes waiting and out-thinking yourself leads to more problems, rather than fixing a current one. I definitely know that I would love to not here the phrase “the landscape has changed” anytime soon. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!

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