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At the end of the 2011-2012 season Roberto Luongo demanded a trade out of Vancouver and made it quite clear he wanted to go back home to Florida. The Panthers initially balked at the idea due to his sizable contract, but the Canucks kept trying to make it work and finally shipped him back to South Florida today for top goaltending prospect Jacob Markstrom and a player yet to be named. Aw, it’s a dream come true for Lu! He goes from a team that was playoff bound to a team that’s bound for golfing and watching the playoffs at the bar. Maybe he just doesn’t want to work that hard? Who knows. What I do know is  now that he’s headed down to Florida it will relegate Tim Thomas to the bench and I can’t be the only one who is pumped to see that. Regardless of being the undisputed starter for the Panthers Lu’s value takes a pretty sizable hit here as the Panthers aren’t much different than they were when he was traded a few years ago. He’ll go back to getting peppered every night by opposing teams and struggling to keep his peripherals in the healthy ranges and wins? Hah, don’t get me started there, you can expect his wins to fall right off the table. This might make Lu very, very happy, but it makes his fantasy owners cry in their beers. If you own Lu or Thomas, go grab Eddie Lack right this moment as he becomes the de-facto starter for the Canucks. Lack is owned in just ~34% of ESPN leagues and 21% of Yahoo Leagues so you can bet he’s going to be one of the hottest wire grabs down the stretch. So go go go! Add add add!

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  1. goodfold2 says:

    guessing it’s step up to wavier bar time for us Halak owners to try to get Lack as well, yes?

    • JD

      JD says:

      @goodfold2: Absolutely! I added Lack on a few teams. I don’t think Jacob Markstrom is going to make a strong play for the starters gig this season, at least not right away.

      • goodfold2 says:

        @JD: only was able to add him in one spot where i was streaming guys. hoping Lack’s stats ROS are as good as the streamers. In 16 teamer keep forever league was where I have to put in a waiver claim that would go out late tonight to drop Halak for Lack. Unless there’s a chance Halak gets flipped to become a starter at a decent team, like say MIN (which I doubt). Clearly I’d rather have a VAN starter than BUF or NYI if Halak goes or stays at one of those last two.

        • goodfold2 says:

          @goodfold2: just noticed, would I be better off with Scrivens or Lack? Scrivens (as you know) has very good numbers (and with so many shots it’s actually better for the overall save Pct), but i figured he’d get less wins than Lack, until i noticed that Lack’s overall record (mostly losses lately too) is 9-10, and Scrivens’s at EDM is 4-4. I might also be best off simply using the best start of the day between Stalock/Schrivens/Lack/c.johnson/f.andersen as those guys have extremely good stats and we have no weekly add limits. I could simply grab one of these guys every day i don’t like big burrito (Khudobin, what a machine, AT SJ, allows only 2 in nearly 40 shots, without Faulk today either) start, or he doesn’t have one.

  2. goodfold2 says:

    why exactly does FLA want an overpriced old goalie (another one, even more costly) anyway? VAN’s side of this makes sense.

  3. goodfold2 says:

    don’t worry about earlier questions, i held onto Halak just in case he got dealt to WAS, which he actually did. So now i have the choice of
    1.Halak at a team that will actually get wins, but clearly allow a lot of shots
    2. Scrivens with better rate stats but likely less wins
    3. Lack with rate stats around Halak levels, but at best .500 win %
    4. screw it and stream these 3 and those earlier other guys too (no max pickups per week or season, due to only being allowed 2 total active goalies on roster, even with 16 teams, this league has crazy good free agent goalies)

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