Taking you back to a time two years ago when the Blackhawks were not only a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, they won the damn thing:
I was reminded of this goal from the 2010 playoffs today when I heard more rumors about the Hawks dangling center Dave Bolland in discussions about a possible trade for Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo.
Can I just say the thought of Luongo in an Indian Head sweater is enough to make me want to throw up all over my keyboard? Under no circumstance should the Hawks trade for Luongo, who is 33 years old, in decline and has 10 YEARS remaining on his albatross of a contract. The Hawks do not want this player at any cost.
I understand Corey Crawford is no sure thing in goal. I even agree the Hawks should explore avenues to upgrade in net. But these days, Luongo is no sure thing either. There's a reason the Canucks are trying to get rid of him -- he lost his starting job and isn't the player he used to be. And did I mention his contract is an albatross?
There is literally no player on the Hawks' roster I would trade for Luongo. I wouldn't even part with a bum like Michael Frolik. And, I certainly wouldn't part with a player like Bolland, who along with Jonathan Toews is one of the only two legit centers the Hawks have.
I've been sorely disappointed by the Hawks' inactivity this offseason. All they've done is fire an assistant coach, sign a mediocre defenseman to play on their third pairing and insist they are Cup contenders -- despite evidence to the contrary.
I had hoped to see a couple impact moves over the summer. I haven't seen any. That said, no moves at all are still better than making bad move. Make no mistake about it, any deal for Luongo is a BAD MOVE.