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)
-Josh Bailey
-1st and 4th round draft picks
In return, the Islanders would acquire Luongo with defenseman Sami Salo.
Will Garth Snow pull the trigger?

About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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