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Sportsnet writer stands by Luongo-to-Toronto statement despite Canucks’ denial

Oct 19, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

Nikolai Kulemin #41 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is stopped by Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action at The Air Canada Centre December 17, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Canucks GM Mike Gillis told Team 1040 in Vancouver that Roberto Luongo‘s fate hasn’t been decided — but you didn’t think that’d be the end of the story, did you?

If you’re just joining us, Sportsnet’s John Shannon recently asserted that a trade to send Roberto Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs is done. Even after Gillis issued his denial, Shannon isn’t backing down.

“Obviously, neither team confirmed my story, nor should they,” Shannon wrote on Sportsnet. “Quite frankly, without a CBA in place, trades can’t occur, and team officials publicly discussing any player transactions would result in some sort fine from New York.

“However, I have been told that the next time Roberto Luongo plays in the NHL, he will play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is from a reputable source. End of story.”

Shannon doesn’t know who will be heading the Vancouver Canucks way, but the Toronto Star’s Damien Cox reported that Tyler Bozak might be the centerpiece of a Luongo deal.

In Toronto, Bozak has a knack for slipping into the role of top-line center, but that’s because Toronto has lacked top-tier talent up the middle. However, if James van Riemsdyk is able to successfully shift to center, then their first-line center problems could be solved.

If he’s dealt to the Canucks, Bozak would likely slide into the role of third-line center, which is both a position that needs filling in Vancouver and one he’d perform admirably in.

Most importantly, the deal would get Roberto Luongo’s annual cap hit of $5,333,333 through the 2021-22 campaign off Vancouver’s books and give the Toronto Maple Leafs a proven number one goaltender to go along with James Reimer.

  1. yvrmike - Oct 19, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Wishful thinking Damion Cox.
    Yea Vancouver needs another 5ft 2in midget to play center . Hey why dont they just get Wellwood?
    I dont think Gillies is that stupid to trade Luongo for just Bozak, maybe Bozak and Reimer or Bozak and a first or Bozak and ……
    I am sure Tampa and Florida had a better offer than that on the table. If Gillies is stupid enough to pull such a trade than he will be the one that gets fired and Burke will get to keep his job.

  2. buffalo65 - Oct 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Because an over the hill overpaid goalie has soooo much value. They’d be doing well to get anything.

  3. badintent - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    The entire hockey community of Vancouver knows this deal is done. Burke is addicted to pulling this deal, he gets instant street cred for bring in the goaltender that won the Gold Medal for Canada in the Winter Games, Gilles knows that the Canucks lost their confidence in Luongo in the playoffs and gets to remove his huge salary hit on the team’s cap. It doesn’t matter if Maple Leafs send a bunch of crackheads( OR THE CORRUPT RCMP commander) in the trade, THIS DEAL IS DONE !!

    • loinstache - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:22 AM

      Yeah as a Vancouverite I know for sure Gillis accepted this trade for a bunch of crack-heads

  4. gallyhatch - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    If this trade happens, Reimer can plan on getting the majority of ice time in Boston, if not all the starts.

  5. silversun60 - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I’ve said before that Steve Simmons is the worst… but John Shannon is a close #2.

  6. fortwaynekomets - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    yes Luongo is awesome! only Canuck player I’ve ever liked!

    I like the maple leafs cause of Basil McRae and his Brother Chris… they played for them when I was young! great memories!

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