NHL Trade Rumors: Will the Maple Leafs Be Able to Land Roberto Luongo?

October 30th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs won't be able to trade for Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo and not give up much value because even though the veteran's contract is massive, he is still capable of helping a team make a deep playoff run.

Here is the latest rumor involving Luongo and the Leafs, according to TVA Sports (via SLAM! Sports):

According to TVA Sports hockey analyst Enrico Ciccone, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke contacted his Vancouver Canucks counterpart, Mike Gillis, about the 33-year-old goaltender last weekend.

There's no question that acquiring Luongo would bolster the Leafs' chances of ending their playoff drought, but does general manager Brian Burke have enough pieces to make a deal with the Canucks?

Yes, he sure does.

To ensure that the Canucks still have great  goaltending depth after trading Luongo, asking the Leafs for young netminder James Reimer would be a wise move. Reimer has a lot of talent and a bright future ahead of him, but he's not an untouchable player, especially if the return includes a goaltender of Luongo's caliber.

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