Analyzing Previous Goalie Trades That Haven’t Worked Out

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Florida trades Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek, and a 6th to Vancouver for Todd Bertuzzi, Alex Auld, and Bryan Allen

Mar 28, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

While the first two trades involved goalies who weren’t totally proven, this trade was different. Luongo was a proven star goalie, and was still 27 years old at the time. The first two trades may not be comparable to a trade involving Anderson, but this one is a lot closer. However, look at the return that the Panthers got. Luongo was a star goalie and they received a backup goalie, a 3rd pairing defenseman, and a 31-year-old former first liner that was on his decline.

To be fair, Bertuzzi was coming off a 71 point season, so perhaps at the time the deal didn’t seem so bad. However, the 2005-06 season was much more high scoring than it is now, plus the most points Bertuzzi ever got in a season after that was 45.  He only played 7 games in Florida as well, so the Panthers got almost no value in that trade. If they had received Bertuzzi in his mid-20’s, then it’s a different story.

Still, the Canucks lost nothing in this deal and reaped the rewards for years. The bad thing is that Anderson is older than Luongo when he was traded so a return for him may be even worse than this.

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