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Trade plans for Luongo

1/18/2013

The Vancouver Canucks had a standing trade offer to the Toronto Maple Leafs that would have sent Roberto Luongo to the Leafs for Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and a second-round draft pick -- and was reported this fall to be a "done deal" -- but it isn't going to come to fruition, according to the Vancouver Sun's Iain MacIntyre. Apparently, Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis isn't interested in giving up his young upstarts to acquire Luongo's hefty contract.

From the Canucks' perspective, GM Mike Gillis is prepared to be patient in trading Luongo, even if he sits on Luongo's high-priced contract as the backup goalie most nights.

“If this plays out and we don’t trade Luongo this season, next summer there will be other pressure points, different pressure points, higher pressure points for some teams,” Gillis said Thursday. “It’s a fluid marketplace; things are changing all the time.

“I’m not worried about it at all. I think the pressure (on teams to acquire a starting goalie) will increase elsewhere. The unpredictability of a short season like this, you can’t put enough emphasis on it. There will be things that happen that no one would have predicted.”

Luongo makes for an interesting investment in fantasy drafts as a third goalie whose value would jump if he ends up being traded into a starting job.