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Brian Burke is cool on Leafs interest in Roberto Luongo

May 29, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

Brian Burke AP

Perhaps the biggest thing the Toronto Maple Leafs have to do this summer is land a goalie. After seeing James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson struggle last season, goaltending helped keep the Leafs out of the playoffs once again and GM Brian Burke knows it.

While Roberto Luongo is looking for a way out of Vancouver, it would seem logical Burke would be looking for a way to bring him aboard to solve their problems. Burke tells Louis-Andre Lariviere of Sun Media things aren’t as obvious as they’d appear to be.

Burke also addressed talk that the Leafs might be interested in trading for Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, saying he wanted to calm the speculation.

“There has not been significant discussion (with the Canucks) about that player,” Burke said.

Well not yet at least, right Burkie?

It’s been mentioned before the Leafs are looking to keep Reimer in the fold and still like his game. The Leafs have also been rumored to be interested in Tomas Vokoun. With Luongo being 33-years-old and seeming to struggle under the microscope in Vancouver, bringing him to Toronto seems to be like a  really great idea.

  1. sabatimus - May 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Well, we all know Burke’s penchant for idiocy, so anything can happen.

  2. t16rich - May 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Lu will be jumping from one goalie killing fanbase to another if this happens.

  3. kitshky - May 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    I understand the allure of being part of the team that finally brings a Cup back to the Leafs, and the attraction of playing for your boyhood team … but dear Lord man, moving from Van to TO makes just zero sense to me.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      Luongo is a pretty solid regular season guy. Rational Leafs fans (if there is such a thing) won’t be expecting him to bring us the Cup, just a playoff berth and maybe even a series win or two. The way the last decade has gone I think most people would be pretty content with that.

      He’d also be mentoring Reimer for a few years. I and obviously other people that actually matter think he’s going to be the team’s #1 guy at some point.

      • kitshky - May 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Hey, I totally understand why the Leafs and their fans would want Luongo … I just don’t see the logic from Luongo’s side.

        Trading one insanely polarizing fanbase for another insanely polarizing fanbase … except with a franchise that is even further away from giving you a legitimate chance at the only goal you have left to accomplish, at his age?

        This isn’t a “money v. championship” type scenario, he’s obviously getting paid either way.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        True. I’ve always said Tampa is the best and most likely destination for Luongo. But the possibility of having a goalie like him on the Leafs is too tantalizing to ignore.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - May 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    The same guy who stated that he could have traded for 4 first round picks at the deadline and that the Leafs could make the playoffs anytime he wanted but he’s not interested in making it to lose. Yeah Burke’s credibility is quickly fading.

  5. mrdonwest - May 30, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    and Luongo thinks it’s hard playing in Vancouver ? playing in Toronto will be 10x times worse

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