Bye Bye Bert
Turned on the news last night to find that the Canucks had finally moved Todd Bertuzzi, sending him, Alex Auld and Bryan Allen to the Florida Panthers for Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek, and a 6th round draft pick.
It was time for Bertuzzi to go. All of the personal issues that he’s been going through after the incidient involving Steve Moore have had a negative impact on his game. It really didn’t look like his head or his heart was in the game at all last year. It’s kind of understandable, and we’ll see how things work out for him in south Florida next year.
Auld got the raw end of the deal, in my opinion. Here’s a guy who came in with less than a full season’s worth of games under his belt and was then asked to carry the team for the whole year. Maybe if he’d had the team that looked so good on paper playing in front of him instead of the one that usually showed up, it would have been someone else moving rather than him. Good luck, Auldy.
Luongo comes aboard as one of the best goaltenders in the game, but part of the reason that Florida shipped him off was his refusal to sign a long-term contract without a no-trade clause. The the job now goes to Dave Nonis to try and get this done.
Global TV called this deal a career-maker for Nonis, but it could go either way. If he signs Luongo, Nonis has pulled off an excellent trade. If he won’t sign, he’s trade Bertuzzi, Auld, and a top-4 defenceman in Bryan Allen, for an unknown defenceman, and a draft pick.
Let’s hope things work out.