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Leafs pursued Brodeur before he went back to Devils

Jul 2, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT

Martin Brodeur AP

After signing with the New Jersey Devils, Martin Brodeur took the time to appear on Sportsnet 590 The Fan and the subject of the Maple Leafs came up.

“I was able to talk to (Leafs GM) Brian Burke and also Dave Nonis,” Brodeur said. “We had great conversations. Love the direction where they’re going.

“For me it could’ve been a fit but ultimately when Lou (Lamiorello) came back with that extra year, that made a big difference. They seemed like they were really interested. But I know that the organization is making the right steps for them.”

Of course, it’s not a surprise that Leafs pursued Brodeur. They certainly weren’t the only team that would have been a good fit for Brodeur’s services, but they could have used him to serve as James Reimer‘s mentor and take some pressure off the young goaltender.

As we mentioned earlier, the Leafs goaltending is a question mark as it currently stands. The potential tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens might not be ready to carry the Leafs, but at this point, they’re starting to run out of alternatives.

Al Montoya, Brent Johnson, and Ty Conklin are still free agents and while they might be solid backups, they’re also significant risks in their own right. At one point it looked like the Leafs might resort to trading for Roberto Luongo, but he reportedly doesn’t want to play for Toronto.

With that in mind, there’s a good chance that Reimer will be the Leafs’ opening game starter.

  1. bigtganks - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Bingo Bango Bongo…

  2. bugcatcherbob - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    In other news, Leafs GM Brian Burke tried to sign a sack of potatoes to a 3-year contract which was quickly rejected. He is reportedly turning his attention to a bag of onions. More to follow…

  3. captstegs - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    A. Trade somebody (obvious)
    B. Get Luongo…… And hope he doesn’t choke.
    C.

    • captstegs - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      By B., I mean forcefully grab him by the head without care.

  4. blomfeld - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    NOW “HEAR THIS” ALL YOU MAPLE LAUGH FANS !

    Here’s the deal. Get off your lazy asses and make an offer to Mrs. Luongo down there in Florida right now ! … and offer which she can’t refuse ! Make her understand that hubby can be home for the weekends and that TO has some excellent shopping, should she ever decide to venture out of the palace. You guys need help in goal “big time” … and with a little effort, I’m convinced that you’d be able to “easily” land this clown to guard your fort ! :)

    • jsutan - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Oh, great… Looks like blomfeld is posting again…

      Signs you may be brain damaged (or blomfeld):

      – Gratuitous use of capitalization
      – Incorrect use of ellipses
      – Incorrect use of scare quotes
      – Closing punctuation marks preceded by a space
      – Reversing honorifics to sarcastically imply the negative
      – Overuse of grandiose nouns to paint an unrealistic fantastical world (“palace”, “fort”)
      – Closing the post with a terrible song whose only real link to the topic is using the song title as some sort of sarcastic description for the subject of the post/article.
      – Strangely placed emoticons

      Let me try!

      LISTEN HERE “FABLE LEAF” FANS !

      With Mrs. Brodeur off the market the battle for Bobby Lu continues to wage on from Burke’s “castle in the sky” ! :D It will take more than a little effort from Brian Burke to land Bobby Lu because of his contract length, contract cost and age ! Bobby Lu is going to have to lower his standards, the asking price is just too high !

      Here’s the translated version for people who aren’t 5 years old or brain damaged:

      Brodeur off the market means the goalie market is right back where it started: extremely thin. If Luongo doesn’t want to go to Toronto then they might as well stick with what they currently have and look to fill that gap in future years through trade, free agency or draft.

      • blomfeld - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        jsutan – “Touche” to you and praise be, as apparently there’s still hope for us as a species when it comes to “quality” communication ! … your highly intelligent, flattering and humorous reply has made my day ! :) … can you imagine our world today, if all those who have gone before had sold out to “laziness & fake urgency” the way these contemporary punks have ? … Shakespeare riddled with “LOL’s” and Wordsworth ruined with “U R Gr8″ ? … it doesn’t even bear thinking, such would be the darkness … so whoever you are, suffice it to say that you are a “quality” individual !

        *** bonus video selection for the excellent writer known as jsutan ***

  5. habsman - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Another swing and a miss for Burkie. What is he, oh for ten now? There was a time when players were lining up to play in Toronto. Maybe Burkie should have made those trades for the four first round draft picks eh? What a BS’er.

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