Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider has won four straight games including back to back shutouts, while teammate and franchise goalie Roberto Luongo looked on from the bench. Something fishy is going on in Vancouver. The 32-year-old Montreal native who signed a 12-year extension in 2009, took his club to the Stanley Cup Finals last season. There are big questions regarding Luongo. Yes, his contract is big, but the possibility of a trade is growing. The 25-year-old Schneider has a remarkable G.A.A. of 2.01 while Luongo stands at a 2.97. There are many teams out there in desperate need of a Goalie, especially one of the most respected names in the entire NHL. Lets take the Islanders for example, the Rick DiPietro saga has turned out to be a complete failure and the Islanders have been searching for a goaltender year in year out. DiPietro, one of the most injury prone players in the league, has complained about depression issues in September due to his injury pattern, lack of winning and the pressure of his 15 year contract. Luongo, who was taken 4th overall by the new York Islanders in the 1997 draft, may have Garth Snow thinking about landing the prized Vezina Trophy finalist.
The questions arise regarding Luongo.
-Do teams feel that his decline is possibly starting at age 32?
-He has a $5.33 million annual cap hit
-His contract carries him through the 2021-2022 season
-What would teams have to give up to land him?
Should the Islanders take a risk and pursue a 32-year old Luongo and send a message to their fans and the entire NHL that they’re ready to win NOW? Or should they just let another opportunity pass because of worries of being stuck with another goaltender with a long-term contract.
In my opinion, the Islanders should put together a big package of the following.
-Evgeni Nabakov (when he returns from his injury)
-1st and 4th round draft picks
In return, the Islanders would acquire Luongo with defenseman Sami Salo.
Will Garth Snow pull the trigger?