This is the fourth installment of Roberto Luongo Trade Rumour Bonanza! The first three editions looked at the possibility of Luongo going to Toronto, Edmonton and Florida. Today, we look at the chances of Luongo going to the arch rival Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago is a potential destination for Luongo first and foremost because they could use a goalie. Corey Crawford had an impressive first season as the team’s number one goalie in 2010-11, but he failed miserably last year. His GAA ballooned to 2.72 and his SV% was an unimpressive .903. Chicago is also a place that Roberto Luongo would probably love to play. It would generate big headlines and Luongo would get to be a big fish in a big pond. Contrary to some popular belief, I think Luongo craves the spotlight, even if he doesn’t always excel under it.
Another reason why the Blackhawks might be a trading partner for the Canucks is because after two straight first round exits, they’ll want to shake things up, and have some nice pieces that will likely to be made available. Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson are two intriguing names in my mind, and probably available for the right price. The question for Chicago is, is Luongo the right price?
There won’t be a Luongo trade with the Blackhawks if the Blackhawks still believe in Corey Crawford. Crawford is younger and cheaper than Luongo, and if they believe the difference between the two goalies is small, they won’t want to give up a lot for Luongo. Another stumbling block in the way of a trade is the fact that Chicago is a chief rival of the Canucks. Trading Luongo there could potentially blow up in Mike Gillis’ face, if they lost to Chicago in a playoff matchup.
Most NHL general managers are loathed to trade with their rivals, especially ones they are likely to face in the playoffs. This will lead many to believe that you can rule out the Blackhawks, but I don’t think Mike Gillis has this luxury. If Chicago can put together the best package, the Canucks need to take it. A package of Hjalmarsson and Bolland would be more than enough in my mind, but even a straight one-for-one deal for Dave Bolland would do it for me. Bolland is only 26 years old and perhaps the best third line centre in the NHL. Bolland has two years left on a deal that pays him $3.375 million, a palatable contract. He brings everything the Canucks need: youth, experience, grit, and swagger. He would undoubtedly make the Canucks harder to play against and better in the playoffs. Even though Bolland is probably only a 20 goal scorer, the intangibles are enough for me to pull the trigger on this deal.
Roberto Luongo's future is a mystery. He appears destined to leave the Vancouver Canucks, a story we talked about here. Where will Luongo play in 2012-13? What twists and turns will life deal Luongo next?
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Vancouver’s UFA’s in 2013 – Part 1
It’s going to be a long summer. So over the course of it I’ll be taking a look at some of Vancouver’s players who have contracts set to expire in the summer of 2013. We’ll examine the pros and cons of each player, determine their career potential and where that potential fits in with the Canucks.
Name: Alexander Edler
We found out today via the Vancouver Canucks on Twitter and via their press release that they've re-signed Mason Raymond. It's a 1 year 2.275M contact. WOW. Congrats May-Ray. Your rich.
Queue the band in Vancouver, as this move will be met with a chorus of Boos and Jeers I'm sure.
Per Darren Dreger
Canucks settle with Mason Raymond before arbitrations. 1 year, $2...
As the summer continues without the Blackhawks having made a significant addition to their roster, the man between the pipes has remained the focus of concern for Chicago fans. Corey Crawford had a disappointing 2011-12 season. Everyone knows that, including … Continue reading →
“Just because you can skate, it doesn’t mean you’re going to have a successful time out there” – Mason Raymond.
In what is probably second only to news regarding Dale Weise in terms of making me aggravated, the Vancouver Canucks have announced that they have come to terms with restricted free agent and worlds filthiest little milt, Mason Raymond.
Raymond, as you may remember...
This week, some of the top prospects in the Blackhawks organization will get together to show each other, and the organization, how NHL-ready they might (or might not) be at this point. We’ve already looked at some of the top … Continue reading →
Reports on Tuesday afternoon are that the Chicago Blackhawks may have (unofficially) made their first trade of the offseason. It appears Chicago has swapped their Assistant General Manager, Marc Bergevin, for the Montreal Canadiens’ former General Manager, Pierre Gauthier. Bergevin … Continue reading →
In this third and final part of our series, we’ll look ahead at the goalies participating in this week’s Blackhawks prospect camp. We have already examined the forwards and defensemen that will be in attendance, now let’s shift our focus … Continue reading →
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have re-signed left wing Mason Raymond.
Raymond, 26, collected 20 points (10-10-20) in 55 games played with Vancouver in 2011.12. He also appeared in five post-season games, recording one point (0-1-1). The Cochrane, Alberta native has registered 156 career points (70...
The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Mason Raymond to a one-year, $2.275 million deal, TSN reported Monday. By re-signing Raymond, the Canucks avoided an arbitration hearing. Raymond, 26, had 10 goals and 10 assists in 55 regular-season games this past season. He missed the first two months of the season while recovering from a broken vertebrae sustained in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Vice President of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Gragnani $800,000 on the NHL level or $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.
“Marc-Andre was in the NHL all...
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