The New Jersey Devils reportedly inquired about Roberto Luongo, the inconsistent Vancouver Canucks goaltender now relegated to backup duties behind Cory Schneider. Given the rumored asking price for Luongo, his big contract, the strong play of backup Johan Hedberg and the poor play in big games that has plagued Luongo’s career, a trade is likely not going to be worked out by one of the game’s smartest GMs in Lou Lamoriello. Still, it can’t hurt to ask.
New Jersey’s top prospects should be untouchable at this point. Adam Larsson looks like a future top-pairing defenseman, and Adam Henrique was the playoff hero of last year’s Stanley Cup run. New Jersey does have a surplus of NHL defensemen, and Andy Greene, Anton Volchenkov and Mark Fayne could be on the block going forward. That probably isn’t enough to land a big name like Roberto Luongo.
Assuming draft picks and a mediocre defenseman won’t bring in Roberto Luongo for platoon duties with Martin Brodeur, a trade is not going to happen. The price was too high for former Leafs GM Brian Burke, and it is likely still very high. While it would be nice to have Luongo for the regular season before yielding to his three-time-champion countryman for the playoffs, the New Jersey Devils should not make a big splash in the Roberto Luongo sweepstakes.
The New Jersey Devils need more offense. Goaltending is already a relative strength for the Devils. They have a deep group of solid defensemen, a legendary goalie between the pipes and only one respectable scoring line. While the Devils have depth and can put four lines of forechecking grinders out each night, they don’t have the scoring to compete with the division’s best on a nightly basis. Trade for some offense, Lou, and leave Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers.