According to Bob McKenzie of TSN via Twitter, the New York Islanders would be “keen” in trying to acquire Vancouver Canucks disgruntled netminder Roberto Luongo.
McKenzie tweeted that the right circumstances would have to present themselves in order for the Islanders to re-acquire Luongo, the team that originally drafted him back in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. The TSN Hockey Insider did add that the Islanders will first look at what it will cost to re-sign Evgeni Nabokov who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
It’s difficult to compare the two netminder’s salaries. Luongo is owed a tremendous amount of money that will see whichever team he is traded to likely have to absorb some of the annual cap hit at $5.33 million. I say some because it’s believed if the Canucks truly wish to move Luongo they will have to eat some of his salary.
Nabokov meanwhile made $2.75 million last season and at the age of 37, soon to be 38, it’s unlikely he’ll secure a new deal worth even close to Luongo’s annual paycheck.
McKenzie then goes on to mention that any deal that could be ironed out between the two clubs would surely be contingent on the Canucks taking Rick DiPietro in the deal, only to buy him our via the two compliance buyouts.
When looking at the financials between the DiPietro and Luongo in terms of a compliance buyout for either player, they are similar. McKenzie tweets that DiPietro buyout is $1.5 million per season over the course of the next 16 years. Luongo’s is just over $1.5 million over the next 18 years.
So would the Canucks be any further ahead? Considering they could acquire some talent that is NHL ready from the Islanders, it would make more sense to try and make the deal versus the buyout option.
As this potential blockbuster continues to circulate the rumor mill, we’ll keep you posted here at Too Many Men.