If a draft pick and a low-rent prospect is all the Canucks are going to be offered for Roberto Luongo, they are not likely trading him, meaning, of course, he will play again in a Canucks uniform. Or rot on the bench.
Just days from the deadline, the Canucks seem to still believe they can get a player to help them immediately plus a piece, or even two, for the future.
It sure looks like wishful thinking this year anyway.
What they could be banking on is an offseason which is set to be the summer of the goalie. Call it The Great Goalie Scramble.
Yes, it means there could be more teams looking for a goalie, and that’s alluring to the Canucks.
But, keep in mind, it’s mostly because of the big number of goalies who could be available.
Consider the free agents could include Mike Smith, Jimmy Howard, and Niklas Backstrom.
The trade market could include Ryan Miller, Jonathan Bernier, Jaro Halak and either Ben Bishop or Craig Anderson.
The wild cards promise to be Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov, if the Flyers buy him out.
That’s some list right there, and it would leave teams in need of a goalie, but it would also give those teams a lot of options.
The salary cap is declining which the Canucks are willing to bet will actually make Luongo’s deal more palatable because of his relatively low cap hit of $5.3 million.