Stoking The Coals: Roberto Luongo

You can go ahead and forget this little conversation ever happened. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

When there’s no hockey, we get bored.

When we get bored, we start thinking of ways to keep ourselves occupied.

When we start thinking of ways to keep ourselves occupied, we start thinking of weird possibilities within the realm of the Oilers.

And when that happens, we come to Roberto Luongo.

Roberto Luongo was a point of discussion on Oilers Now this afternoon

I’m fairly certain, no, I’m all butcompletelycertain that if the Oilers cranking out games, that Roberto Luongo wouldn’t be on their radar.  But no one in the league is playing games, and that’s where we’re at.

So without any further ado, let’s begin.

The Oilers shouldn’t entertain any ideas of acquiring the disgruntled Canucks goaltender.  Let Florida or the Islanders or the Avalanche worry about that.  The Oilers have bigger fish to fry.

BUT LUONGO IS BETTER THAN ANYTHING WE HAVE

If this is the path you want to take on Roberto Luongo, you’re not wrong.  Luongo is no slouch of a goaltender.  He’s played behind a pretty good Canucks team, but his numbers are anything but bad.  Finishing his sixth season with the Canucks in 2011-12, his lowest SV% during that time was .913 in 2009-10.  He’s averaged a SV% of .920 over that time.  The Canucks have gone to the playoffs in five of his six years with the team, including a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2010-11.

Needless to say, the guy’s not garbage.  He’s had a few incidences of falling apart in the playoffs, it’s true.  Coupled with Vancouver’s commitment to Cory Schneider, Luongo wants out.  Maybe he’d be a very good fit with the Oilers…but I’m not holding my breath.

Here’s a few reasons why I think picking up the phone on this deal would be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea.

  • It’s Vancouver.  Forget it.
  • Luongo’s contract is a behemoth.  He’s 33 years of age, and is under contract until 2021-22 at 5.33M a year.  This is where you turn your pushcart around and go looking for a better deal.  Again, Luongo would be an instant upgrade, but there’s no way I pull that deal.
  • His numbers will immediately dip upon becoming a member of the Oilers.  Yes, I know he’s a good goaltender, but the Oiler defence isn’t quite what Vancouver’s is.  It’s a few shades off, actually.  If he comes in and posts a .909 SV% one year, the internet would explode, then I have to read 50 articles about “What’s happened to Roberto Luongo?”  Then I’ll have to write something on those lines about how he’s playing like hot garbage.  Let’s spare all of that.
  • It’s Vancouver.  Forget it.
  • What do you think is going to get Luongo in the copper and blue?  It’s not going to be a second round pick and Eric Belanger, or Omark’s dirty socks, or a bunch of Shayne Corson newspaper clippings, or  Magnus Paajarvi and a fifth.  Luongo is a quality player, and it’ll take quality players to go back to Vancouver, and a high draft pick may be involved as well.  Nope.
  • Remember that seven million dollars that Devan Dubnyk is scheduled to make?  Well, that.  Then, you’ve got this cat Khabibulin who’s slated to pull in another 3.75M this year.  Gonna go on a limb here and say that the Canucks are going to be less than receptive at taking one of those guys back.

Finally (and most important), it’s Vancouver.  Forget it.

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