Cox: Toronto only logical destination for Roberto Luongo

Another day, another goalie locked up.

While Josh Harding may not be a well-known puckstopper, or one of particular note, he’s likely to come close to splitting the workload in Minnesota this season with Nicklas Backstrom, and so the Wild have locked him up with a three-year deal.

Harding, along with Anders Lindback, Cory Schneider and Jonathan Bernier, was viewed as a young backup netminder who might be able to become a starter elsewhere. Now Harding is signed, Lindback has been traded to Tampa, Bernier may stay in L.A. for the time being until Jonathan Quick is locked up long term and Schneider, most believe, will be the unchallenged as the No. 1 goalie of the Vancouver Canucks when the next NHL season begins.

If there were a plethora of teams anxious to upgrade in goal, that would create a nice situation for Canucks GM Mike Gillis in his efforts to move veteran goaler Roberto Luongo and his ridiculous contract, which still has 10 years left to run.

Except there aren’t many teams looking to upgrade. Indeed, unless Ondrej Pavelec flees to the KHL and leaves the Winnipeg Jets in the lurch, only two teams seem to be seriously prowling for a starter in the crease, the Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Even then, the money-losing Blue Jackets aren’t likely to be interested in Luongo and his massive contract, while Luongo, with a no-movement clause he can still exercise, isn’t likely to be too excited about Columbus.

Which leaves the Leafs as the only destination. Chicago? Most GMs don’t think the Hawks are looking, and why would the Canucks move Luongo to a conference rival? Florida? They have Jose Theodore and hot prospect Jacob Markstrom, and dicey ownership in south Florida makes it unlikely the Panthers would want to absorb that contract with $46.8 million still to pay, including $40.3 million cash in the next six years.–cox-toronto-only-logical-destination-for-roberto-luongo

22 Responses to Cox: Toronto only logical destination for Roberto Luongo

  1. Schneidfeld says:

    Looking good for the Leafs, I’m not DYING to get Bobby Lou but he’s a definite upgrade, and if we can get him for peanuts (since we’re the only team that’s likely able/interested), it’s a risk I’d take.

    To TO: Luongo

    To VAN: Komiserek and Lombardi?

    • Keep dreaming, bro. Keep dreaming.

      • They’d be better of keeping Luongo on their team, not using him, then trying again during the trade deadline or next year.

        • blaze says:

          While his offer was weak you’re proposal is way off. If Lou doesn’t get moved this off season when and how will he ever get moved??

          If no team is willing to take on that contract now coming off a season as a starter who the hell would go near it next year coming off a season as a back up. Vancouver is playing a dangerous game.

          The repercussions for the Leafs should they pass are they miss the playoffs and draft high. Hardly the end of the world. For Vancouver it is that the get stuck with that contract for its duration being a major distraction and cap hindrance.

          Their only hope is that they can buy it out as part of an amnesty clause but are the Nucks owners willing to fork out tens of millions of dollars to make Lou disappear? Very doubtful.

        • blaze says:

          In my mind the only fair for both sides deal that works for Lou is a straight up trade. Armstrong for Luongo. Take it or leave it.

          • Schneidfeld says:

            How is this ^ any better than my weak proposal lol. Gillis is full of shit when he’s quoted saying they’re fine with going into next season with both current goalies. He’s in a jam. Luongo needs to go, and if there are no other bidders, I hope Burkie bends him over hard lol! When else are we going to get a chance to unload Komiserek?

  2. Schneidfeld says:

    Lol fair enough, all we can do is wait…

  3. Schneidfeld says:

    Yeah, but we’re supposed to be TRYING to screw them lol. We’re taking on a TEN year bad contract, they’d be getting one bad one year, and one bad two year contracts. Still a way lower risk for them, plus, as established, they are in no real position to bargain.

    Total investment in trade:

    Toronto- Luongo at 5.33 x 10 years= 53.3 Million dollars

    Vancouver- Komi(2 yrs)and Lombardi(1 yr)=12.5 Million Dollars

  4. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Why don’t we just get Dipietro he’s younger and a better cap hit…. I’m sick of this stupid rumor.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      and Burke pulls off a miracle deal where we get Dipietro and the 4th overall for no top players, top prospects, or top picks. And don’t forget the Dipietro’s injury issues slowly vanish and we win the cup with him 8 times before he retires.

      lol, fun to dream. 😛

    • mojo19 says:

      I wouldn’t be opposed to picking up Dipietro. If he could stay healthy and even come close to returning to top form…

  5. glotz_99 says:

    Even with the ridiculous contract and shakey playoff experience, Luongo has still been one of the best goalies in the league the last couple years. He is defintely on the decline but he will be more than just a salary dump. The Leafs will have to throw in a lower end prospect or draft pick as well as a player to offset some of the cap hit. So its going to be either Armstrong, Lomabrdi or Connolly (I think the only way we’re getting rid of Komisarek is sending him to the Marlies). I’m guessing the prospect will be a d-men since they have a backlog on defence.

    so my offer would be Colby Armstrong or Matthew Lombardi
    and Korbian Holzner for Roberto Luongo.

  6. mojo19 says:

    How about a one year $8 million offer to Brodeur?

  7. leafs_wallace93 says:

    This shouldn’t need to be commented on but if Luongo didn’t work out you’d be stuck with a terrible contract for 10 years. With the attention we pay to bad contracts it would feel like a 30 year contract.

    Worse having Luongo is obstacle to findingn an actual long term solution in net. I’d much rather over pay for Bernier, taking a short term gamble rather than a long term one.

  8. glotz_99 says:

    Who cares about the contract, it’s not like mlse doesn’t have the money to pay it and there are plenty of ways to get out of it without it counting against the salary cap, ie retirement, demotion to Marlies etc. which they won’t have to worry about for a couple years anyways.

    Get the best goalie available and that looks like it’s going to be loungo

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      I would agree with this for any other position but goal and Luongo’s NMC is another obstacle. It’s not like another position where you can scale back his minutes to ride out a slump. He has maybe three more good seasons IMO. I don’t like this particular gamble.

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