Roberto Luongo has been part of a few bad trades over the past decade. While teams always take a chance when they make a trade, when it comes to Luongo, the teams and players involved in his deals generally turn out to be often lopsided.
The Florida Panthers were already part of a one-sided trade that went wrong when it comes to Luongo. They should avoid the temptation to get involved in yet another bad trade for the current Vancouver Canucks goaltender.
Bottom line here for the Panthers when it comes to Luongo is to just say no.
The Canucks will certainly entertain any offers for Luongo, and they would not hesitate to move him before the September 15 date when the current collective bargaining agreement deal expires. The asking price has been said to be very high for Luongo, which has scared off quite a few teams already. The Toronto Maple Leafs were also said to be high on Luongo, but would not cave into Vancouver’s demands. Luongo has said he would like to play for Florida again, but the two teams have yet to reach an agreement.
Vancouver is reportedly asking for Nick Bjugstad from Florida, and the answer from the Panthers remains no. They will not part with their top prospect for a goalie who posted a save percentage that was barely better than either of their top netminders last season. Luongo put up a .919 while Jose Theodore posted a .917 and Scott Clemmensen had a .913 save percentage last season. Both are very capable of handling the Panthers’ goaltending responsibilities in net going forward.
Throw in the fact that Jacob Markstrom has already been chosen as the future goalie for Florida, and there is really no need to make a move for Luongo, especially when you look at the last time the Panthers made a trade involving Luongo.
Back in 2006, Florida traded Luongo to the Canucks for a package including Alex Auld, Bryan Allen and Todd Bertuzzi. Former Panthers general manager Jacques Martin said that was the worst deal in the history of the game. And if the man who put together and pulled the trigger on that trade said it, then why would anyone want to possibly be the franchise who makes two of the worst trades in NHL history that involve the same player as the centerpiece?