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Report: Leafs, Canucks resume Luongo trade talks

Mar 29, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

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With the April 3 trade deadline looming and Canucks GM Mike Gillis admitting that keeping both Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider isn’t the most efficient use of the team’s cap space, it looks like Vancouver and Toronto are once again exploring the possibility of a Luongo trade, according to the Toronto Star.

Things are different since reports of trade talks between these two teams surfaced over the summer. Toronto Maple Leafs netminder James Reimer has bounced back from his rough sophomore campaign and his understudy, 26-year-old Ben Scrivens, has also held his own.

Leafs GM Dave Nonis is still interested in adding a veteran goaltender before the playoffs, but Luongo isn’t just an insurance policy, he’s a franchise changing acquisition. Getting him means accepting the fact that the 33-year-old will consume $5,333,333 in cap space annually through the 2021-22 campaign.

In other words, adding Luongo effectively ends Reimer’s chances of becoming the Leafs’ permanent starting netminder.

At the same time, Gillis isn’t thought to be seeking either of the Leafs top young players, Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner, anymore. 27-year-old center Tyler Bozak, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, remains linked to the talks.

The Leafs might ultimately decide to pursue with a more short-term solution, like Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. If they do, the Canucks keep their all-star tandem intact through the playoffs and then look to trade Luongo again over the summer.

  1. tatdue - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Keep in mind that the source for this fantasy is Damien Cox! Toronto’s goal tending situation isn’t even a concern anymore, and to give up Bozak right before the playoffs would be pretty f’n stupid considering that he is their number one face off guy and is also on the first penalty kill and power play units. So, unless Nonis has another number one center that can replace Bozak already in the bag, there is no reason to think this story has any merit….unless Nonis has suddenly gone insane that is,,,,,, :)

    • bouchez9393 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      its the leafs, every trade they make is stupid, so this wouldn’t surprise me. A number one center with chemistry with Kessel for a $5 million dollar a year past his prime goaltender….. sounds exactly what the leafs would do!

      • sunderlanding - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Every trade they make is stupid? Beauchemin for Gardiner and Lupul? Toskala for J.S. Giguere? Spare parts for Phanuef? Please explain how these are stupid trades.

    • canuckteach - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Agree. Cox, like many others, has this delusional belief that Leafs want to dump Bozak ’cause he’s a UFA who will want a raise – so, they might as well get rid of him. In fact, GM’s are keeping these guys (Getzlaf, Perry, Semin, Grabovski) and just paying what the market demands. Leafs picked up Bozak from the college ranks, and developed him on their own, for peanuts. If they eventually acquire the FA centre they crave, Bozak will have to fight for a job on another line. Meantime, Leafs can send out 2 lines who are a threat to score, while Grabovski is still on the bench (last year, his was the second line). Why mess with that? Anyway, Buds have no particular cap problems, unless they bring in Luongo. For those still whining about Reimer & Scrivens, that 3rd period coast-to-coast save by Scrivens against Florida on Tues. was as good as anything Luongo could do – in his prime.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    I can’t see why anyone would commit to a 33 year old goalie for another 9 years, especially when Reimer is doing well. Vancouver should take the best offer they can get (this summer, not right now), it’s not going to be blue-chip. He’s a good goalie now, but these amnesty buyouts won’t exist in 7 or 8 years.

    • jdd428 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Agreed! Might as well keep both for now instead of trading Luu under the deadline gun and not getting the return you want – better to head to the playoffs with both. Then in the summer, make a deal. The offers might not be much better, but at this point I think it makes more sense to wait.

      But Gillis will probably make a move and get burned by it.

  3. buffalo65 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Leafs won’t win anything this year so why trade for a vet goalie..let the young guys get their feet wet in the playoffs. As a team they’d be wise to stand pat.

    • bouchez9393 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Leafs won’t win anything Ever!!!

      • tatdue - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        What’s the matter Nancy? Are you jealous that the Leafs are getting better? I’ll never understand pukes like you who come on sites like this and have absolutely nothing constructive to say. Instead of adding to the conversation on an intellectual level you instead just puke out an insult like a grade school child. Were you picked on as a child maybe, or are you actually just a child? Do you feel better about yourself now that you posted your insults?…Did it make your day any better? How about the next time you take the time to comment on something, try making your comment constructive! Have a nice day….. 😉

  4. sportsfan69 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    With the huge contact of Luongo, his trade value is next to ZERO. Who in there right mind going to take on that moronic guaranteed contract? Whoever does, the GM should be fired.

  5. uscthom78 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Komisarek, MacArthur , riemer for luongo

    • dolphincult - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      lmao cuz the canucks want komisarek for sure.

  6. dolphincult - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I dont think that luo is a right fit for the leafs based on the age of the players that make up the core of the team. That being said, the leafs are not gonna be able to trade a bunch of crap to get him. The guys has shown he is starter material again and again and again regardless of his salary or contract. He is a 30+ win goalie each season who has struggled in the bigger playoff games. Any team would be luck to have a guy who provides that for the next 3 or so seasons atleast. And 5 mill against the cap vs what? Name a free agent goalie they can get next season who has his stats that wont be a whole lot cheaper but maybe younger. production isnt the issue, its length of contract vs age and if you believe he can keep it up.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I thought the issue was more with the defense rather than the goaltending

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