That's right: a daily newspaper used the space typically reserved for policy debates and political endorsements for an HF Boards-level trade proposal that would flip Lou for Vinny. From The Province, the greatest piece of hockey analysis you'll read today, perhaps all month:
Many people say the Canucks made a huge mistake in signing Lou to a 12-year, $64-million no-trade contract in 2009 because it makes parting with him impossible. So here's our solution.
Trade Luongo straight up for Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who has a similar, $85-million, 11-year no-trade deal. With Steve Stamkos in Tampa, Lecavalier is no longer top dog and could use a fresh start as much as Lou.
Tampa needs better goaltending; we need a power forward. Lou's wife could finally be closer to her family, and Lecavalier could play hockey again in a city that actually cares about his sport.
This has to be another general columnist trolling hockey fans, right?
This isn't actually a clarion call for the Canucks to swap a Vezina nominated netminder for a past-his-prime center, bringing him to a team that already has Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler in the middle, is it?
This isn't a newspaper editorial suggesting that Lecavalier is desirous to leave a place where he's raising a family, heavily involved in charity and where he wants to play "the remainder of his career," all because The Province looks down on Tampa Bay as a hockey market? Is it?
Hopefully Luongo puts together a nice winning streak before The Province gets around to trading him for Wade Redden …
- Vancouver Canucks
- Roberto Luongo
- Vincent Lecavalier
- Nashville Predators
- Tampa Bay Lightning