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Columnist thinks it won’t take much to get Roberto Luongo

Jun 17, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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The rumors about Roberto Luongo being dealt to Toronto aren’t likely to stop until either the Leafs add a goalie or Luongo is moved. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun has a curious take on how things are going, however.

Simmons says with Tomas Vokoun in Pittsburgh, Anders Lindback in Tampa Bay, and the lone viable young goalie left out there being L.A.’s Jonathan Bernier, the time to strike for Luongo might be now and it might not cost the Leafs a lot to get him.

With Vokoun and Lindback scratched from the list of the available and the Kings’ Dean Lombardi saying “having only one quarterback is dangerous,” that leaves Roberto Luongo as their best goaltending option moving forward to this week’s NHL draft and trade meet. The good news with Luongo is it won’t cost much to get him. The bad news is it’s a long-term solution for the Leafs and if they still believe in James Reimer and, to a lesser extent, Ben Scrivens, then it isn’t an ideal situation for the development of a youngster.

The assumption that it wouldn’t take a lot to get Luongo out of Vancouver is a bit of a leap. Toronto isn’t the only team in the hunt for better goaltending.

Columbus still wants to improve in goal and could offer up a solid package to Vancouver if so inclined. As long as there is competition for Luongo, the price to get him isn’t going anywhere, especially down and especially not at a discount to Toronto. Luongo may want out of Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean the Canucks will give him up just to get him gone.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    “it won’t cost much to get him” – that’s hardly news. VAN would be very happy to unload him off the cap

  2. t16rich - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Remember folks….. Do not ever take an article written by the Province or Toronto Sun as somthing serious, especially when the article is about the Leafs or Canucks. They just muddy the waters with their crap stirring sticks.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      Well said. Here’s all the Sun is good for:

  3. bcisleman - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    In the cases of both Rick Nash and Roberto Luongo–and perhaps we can add Evander Kane to that list—the team currently holding the player’s contract is NOT obliged to move him just because he wants to be moved. Kane’s case is a little different because he is not under contract past July 1st, but WIN still retains his rights.

    Long and short, the people saying that CBJ or VAN or WIN will have to give their stars away for a song are clueless. It is true, however, that possible goaltending markets for Luongo may be limited given his contract. It might be easier for VAN to trade Schneider and sell Lu on staying.

  4. canuckswino - Jun 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    This is essentially a big game of chicken between Gillis and Burke. The Leafs can’t possibly start the season with a Clemmensen/Reimer-type goaltending combo, and the Canucks can’t bring Lou back for a variety of reasons (risk of losing Schneider, having $9-plus million tied up in goaltending, the creation of a toxic environment, etc…).

    In the end, I imagine Leafs fans will feel like they gave up too much for Lou, and Canucks fans will feel like they didn’t get enough back. One thing that I don’t think will happen: the Canucks taking on a bad contract just to off-load Lou. Leafs fans should stop dreaming of unloading a terrible contract like Komisarek… not happening.

  5. lordfletcher - Jun 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    I have been thinking that he ends up in Columbus if the price is low enough… Howson won’t give up much because he is in a full blown re-build… but if Burke waits too long, Columbus is more than willing to take on that contract (in my eyes) …. I also feel Lou would welcome a trade out of the spot light and get lost in Columbus for a few years.

    Who knows, time will tell.

    -Wild fan

  6. pastabelly - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    He wouldn’t be able to duck three games in Boston.

  7. mclovinhockey - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Nash for Lou Hahahahahahahahaha.

  8. capsrockva - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Nashville doesn’t need him. They’ve got Pekka Rhine, one of the leagues best goalies

  9. ray2013 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    My biggest problem with these kinds of speculations is the fact that there are more than two parties involved. Let’s say it was Columbus and Vancouver.

    Someone suggested Nash for Luongo. You’d need the Canucks organization to agree, Columbus to agree, Nash needs to agree to waive his NTC and Luongo to waive his NTC. Say Van, CLB, and Nash all agree to the swap, but Luongo doesn’t want to go there to play. These deals seem inordinately complicated.

    I am not even going to guess where he’ll end up or who they’ll ultimately receive for Luongo.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      your point is valid but an extreme…

      The Nash for Lou is a joke from another poster. Clearly that will never happen as Nash is worth more than Lou….

      If Lou gets traded it won’t be for much more than picks and or possible prospects, both don’t carry no trade clauses…. As for Lou, he will and I believe has said will waive his NTC.

      this trade will be easier than you may think. Lou’s contract is horrid, and that’s why he can be dealt for a low price.

  10. t16rich - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    I wonder how long until the fans call for Eddie Lack’s name.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Canucks are going to win the Cup with Eddie Lack. Schneider’s great, but Eddie’s going to be the guy to bring it to Vancouver.

  11. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 18, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    I believe even Brian Burke is smart enough to avoid another trade for the sake of a trade after being the only NHL GM to do nothing but that, but only time will tell. Part of me wants to see him do something right in Toronto, part of me wants to see Toronto never have a draft pick again because of him. Your move, dumb, dumb.

  12. markdelleman - Jun 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Steve Simmons is one of the biggest hack writers in the league. Damien Cox even puts him to shame. Take his words for what they are worth – nothing!

  13. nelsoncat77 - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    what about josh harding?

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