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Report: Luongo is indeed making a list and Maple Leafs are on it

Apr 25, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

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TSN’s James Duthie reports what many believed would happen: Roberto Luongo will, indeed, submit a “short list” of teams he’ll waive his no-trade clause to play for by next week. And for anyone in hockey-mad Toronto, here’s the doozy: the Maple Leafs will reportedly be on that short list.

If Luongo wants to go to a market with a little more patience, then being shipped to playoff-desperate Toronto is probably not the wisest move. Yet from a familiarity standpoint, there are some strong points to such a move.

To some of us, it’s pretty amazing to see Luongo shift from the franchise goalie fans seemingly always pined for to the target of largely irrational scapegoating. Surely he’ll get relief from such scrutiny if his new GM is Brian Burke, though, right?

While we wait and wait for the move to potentially happen, feel free to speculate regarding the other potential destinations for Luongo. Bonus points if you say something crazy about Boston.

  1. letsgosjsharks - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Who cares? Luongo cant even stop a beach ball!

    • you4real - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      Stopped enough of them to get past SJ and their “superstar” offence last year

      • chooch92 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        If Luongo is so damn good, why does he not have have a few Vezina Trophys by now….oh wait those are given out for the regular season and wouldn’t ya know it he has the same number of those as he does Stanley Cup Rings……ZERO – ZIPPO – DONUT HOLES !!

      • cableguymike - Apr 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Vezina Trophies tend to go to goalies on ridiculously defensive minded teams that play boring hockey. They are not only a product of the goalie but also the system they play behind. The Canucks don’t play that style which is the reason he’s never won one.

        Though I still contend he should have won it in 06-07 over AV getting the Jack Adams. He was all world that season.

    • howiehandles - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      With all the success the sharks have enjoyed in the playoffs, your opinion certain makes sense *cough*

  2. bcisleman - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    This is rather absurd. Gillis won’t even think about a move until he gets a vote of confidence from the owners and any GM who would take on Luongo’s contract as is would have to be certifiable.

    IF Luongo is making out such a list, it makes no sense. The Canucks surely haven’t asked him to waive his NTC yet. Any move will have to wait for a change in the CBA. If and when that happens, I would guess that he’d go to Tampa.

    • nobandwagoners - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      And there’s still the possibility that Luongo remains in Vancouver, a la Carey Price in Montreal with Halak moving on. That seemed to work pretty good for Montreal. Schneider’s market value has never been higher and he’d likely bring back more assets. Who knows? All we know is that there are interesting times ahead….

  3. cableguymike - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    bcisleman, you continually make me laugh. We’re not talking about a Vinny Lecavalier contract here. Get over it. The only person that is certifiable here is you.

  4. cableguymike - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    letsgosjsharks, says the guy who’s team has Niemi in net! The guy is a better zamboni driver than he is a goalie.

    • mehetmet - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      funny, he has a ring.

      • cableguymike - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:56 AM

        Yeah. Totally all Niemi too. You just can’t replace a goalie like him. No wonder Chicago refused to let him walk. Oh wait….

      • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        because Leighton is a bum.

      • mehetmet - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        because getting rid of him (and the rest of their team) since winning the cup has fared well for chicago too…

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        Hawks were ready to pay Niemi between $2.3 million and $2.75 million a year for him. His wouldn’t budge off of $4 million and sent the process to arbitration.

        He signed a 1-year deal for the Sharks for $2 million that same offseason. Whoops.

        Not to mention Chicago had to turn over nearly half the team in that offseason.

        But you’re right, mehtmet, it’s been terrible watching all the Cups he’s won for the Sharks since then. Oh, wait…

  5. ray2013 - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    He’ll go to whichever team on his list offers the best package. When will we know who the teams are, or do they want maximum media exposure for as long as possible on this?

  6. blomfeld - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    MY NAME IS JAMES … JAMES O’BRIEN !

    An excellent article friend. This idea of Luongo going to TO does indeed have it’s merits, as such a move would “instantly” guarantee the Leafs a playoff appearance next season. Nonetheless, I remain convinced that when all the preamble is done with, he’s headed for Tampa Bay “as per instructed” by the real trouser-wearing head of that household. It’s really all just a bunch of crap, but it sure is fun, eh ? :)

  7. cableguymike - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Once he gives his list he doesn’t get to pick which team he goes to Bloomberg ya troll.

    • blomfeld - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      “He’s making a list * Checking it twice * Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice *

      Cableguy – your naivete suggests that you may have four legs and are often prone to say things like “baaaaaa” ? … please don’t be a sheep my friend ! … among other things, Luongo and his handlers obviously have to give the impression that there’s a decision to be made here … it’s called “spin” pal … the problem is that in this case it’s so blatantly obvious that it’s almost embarrassing ! … we already knew he’s going to Tampa Bay months ago … therefore these lame attempts at spin by he, Gillis and company are a complete waste of time … at least to those of us who walk on two legs ! … “baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !” :)

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        More than two sentences and no Elvis video? Who hacked this guy’s account?

  8. craigmaitland - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Gardiner, their 1st round pick and a pick next yr sounds about right leafs would have to eat ballads contract as well.

    • salmon90 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      I hope that you’re joking because if you’re expecting that you’re going to be severely dissapointed.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:23 AM

        Gardiner isn’t going anywhere.

  9. mj2sexay - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Thank you craigmaitland for the microcosm of a Maple Leafs fan, and their ability to perform cost-analysis when it comes to trades.

    I hope Luongo goes to Toronto, if only to see the million articles that will (rightly) point out his hypocrisy in his testimony against the Devils on contracts. I guess once someone’s ass is on fire from being on the hottest seat in Canada, they’ll do anything whether it’s bring on contracts they “don’t agree with”, or self-impose their own trade deadline a week before the real one because they can’t handle media pressure.

  10. balewsquare - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    This could be the ultimate social experiment. TOR fans want the playoffs? Sure, Lou can get you there. As for once you get there…

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:26 AM

      I have to say I’m surprised Toronto is on his list. The media is way more ruthless here than in Vancouver. But us Leafs fans just want to see playoff hockey, we wouldn’t be expecting him to bring us the Cup, so I’m not opposed to the idea.

  11. habsman - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    A trade between Gillis and Burke? Not likely.

    Remember, Burke and the Leafs were caught and fined by the league for tampering with the Sedin twins while they were under contract with Vancouver.

    Burke has poisoned the waters too much for that trade to happen.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      Gillis doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would turn down a reasonable trade out of spite, but you never know. Luongo would give the Leafs a decent shot at the playoffs ergo Burke would get to keep his job a little longer. I think he’s going to make a strong push to get this deal done.

      That being said, I still think Luongo to Tampa makes more sense for all the parties involved.

    • govtminion - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      It’s possible that he’ll view dumping Luongo’s contract on Burke as his revenge. ;)

  12. blast126 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Maple Leafs should take Luongo, he is an excellent goalie and they need it urgently.
    That will give an important boost to reach playoffs..

  13. daniel10017 - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Divorce is inevitable.

  14. davego6 - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Don’t do it! Too old and too much committed money. Besides, he couldn’t handle the lack off solid defense in T.O.

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