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UPDATE: A deal sending Roberto Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs could still be in play. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun suggests (below) there's new groundwork in place for a trade to take place before Wednesday.
Sources tell TSN's Darren Dreger that Vancouver brass reached out to the Leafs this week in an attempt to strike a deal.
That doesn't mean Toronto isn't still interested in Calgary Flames backstop Miikka Kiprusoff. Calgary is " hoping for a better read on Kipper's future" after this weekend, according to Dreger.
Pierre LeBrunFoundation in place?
"... Last week in Phoenix when the Canucks were in town there, Vancouver assistant GM Laurence Gilman met with his old pal and mentor Cliff Fletcher, senior adviser with the Leafs. Those two guys talk all the time but, on this occasion, Fletcher revisited the Luongo dialogue with Gilman. That conversation between Gilman and Fletcher sparked Vancouver GM Mike Gillis to follow up and phone Toronto GM Dave Nonis this past week to further explore those talks. This in itself is a story because Gillis and Nonis, I don’t believe, have ever spoken to each other regarding any trade, as some ill will existed after the former replaced the latter as GM in Vancouver. Usually it’s been other members of each front office communicating on Luongo, not Gillis and Nonis straight on. So that’s perhaps an important shift in this story ... Nonis has always kept interest in Luongo, whom he traded for in Vancouver when he was GM, but talks went silent between both clubs for quite a while until last week ..."
***After close to a year of speculation, seems Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo could still be headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs before the April 3 trade deadline.