NHL lockout or not, the Roberto Luongo trade rumors live on.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford provides the latest on the Roberto Luongo trade rumors, suggesting the recent comments by Edmonton Oilers director of hockey operations Kevin Lowe regarding his club’s questions in goal could stoke speculation linking the Oilers to Luongo, pointing out the Oilers made a late pitch for the Canucks goalie prior to the end of the previous CBA.
As for rumors linking Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Botchford noted Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman and advisor Stan Smyl recently scouted the Toronto Marlies, who were recently in Abbotsford. Leafs GM Brian Burke and his assistant GM Dave Nonis were also in attendance. It’s believed the Canucks like several assets in the Maple Leafs system, including center Tyler Bozak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The possible addition of the Oilers into the Luongo sweepstakes could have an effect upon rumored efforts by the Maple Leafs to land Luongo. Botchford also doesn’t dismiss the notion of Luongo refusing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Edmonton. It is interesting to note there were management from the Canucks and Maple Leafs at that recent Marlies game.
It remains to be seen, of course, if Luongo does indeed get dealt to Toronto, or if the Oilers can jump in with a more attractive offer, or if Luongo would agree to go to either city. Still, it does provide a bit of a break from the tedium of the NHL lockout.