Following up on a recent report suggesting the Vancouver Canucks & Toronto Maple Leafs may already have a deal in place for Roberto Luongo which could kick in as soon as a new CBA is implemented.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford followed up on a recent Sportsnet report claiming the Canucks have a deal in place which would ship goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs once a new CBA is implemented.
Botchford claims the Leafs were “closest to a deal for Luongo at the draft”, which saw the Leafs offer up Luke Schenn and the Canucks countering with Jake Gardiner and more. There were rumors Luongo would only waive his “no-trade” clause to go to the Florida Panthers, but apparently was told by Canucks management in September the Panthers were “all but out”.
Around the same time, according to Botchford, Canucks GM Mike Gillis said the Leafs had several assets which could get a deal done.
“Sportsnet’s John Shannon reported Wednesday night the Leafs have agreed to move one of those assets and as a result the two teams have agreed to a deal in principle which will be announced sometime after the CBA is done.”
Multiple Canucks sources, including Gillis, denied the Sportsnet report. Botchford also claimed the Canucks, in the weeks leading up to the CBA expiration, fielded an offer from the Edmonton Oilers and one from a mystery team which wasn’t the Chicago Blackhawks or Columbus Blue Jackets, two clubs which had been rumored as possible destinations for Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even during a lockout, there’s no escaping the Luongo trade rumors. Perhaps the Canucks and Leafs have a deal in place which will occur when the lockout ends. Perhaps not. The only way we’ll know for sure is whenever this current labor dispute ends and a new CBA is in place. At least this’ll give Leafs and Canucks fans a nice little distraction from all the CBA chatter. Enjoy!