Leafs, Roberto Luongo rumours already swirling
Goaltender Roberto Luongo issued a tweet on Sunday that said: “So (what) do we do now?”
Many Toronto fans may be asking the same question after months of speculation over whether the veteran goaltender with the 12-year contract will be joining the Maple Leafs from the Vancouver Canucks for the lockout-shortened NHL season.
The league and union reached a tentative deal early Sunday. The agreement still needs to be formally ratified by both sides.
Luongo, now considered the backup in Vancouver behind Cory Schneider, is reported to be on the market, although the Canucks could still opt to keep him and then either trade him or buy him out at the end of the 2013-’14 campaign.
Vancouver assistant general manager Laurence Gilman said Sunday that Luongo is expected to report to Canucks training camp.
Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has denied that a deal has already been made for the 33-year-old Luongo, who is signed through 2021 at an average of $5.3 million US per season.