Maple Leafs, Canucks unlikely to agree on deal for Roberto Luongo

“I’m not going to give up youth for older players,” Nonis told ESPN. “We would trade a young player for a young player. But we’re not going to trade a bunch of young players or first-round picks for short-term gain. You can’t build a club that way.”

Bozak is 26 and after 2½ years in the National Hockey League is still trending upwards. He had 47 points last season and led Toronto centres with an average ice time of 18:50. Bozak’s value to Nonis can be measured on the transaction wire this week: the GM traded Maple Leaf centre Lombardi and waived the overpaid, overrated Connolly.

Between them, Connolly and Lombardi combined for more than 30 minutes of average ice time last season. So if Nonis is packaging Bozak for the Canucks, he’d better get Vancouver centre Henrik Sedin as well as Luongo.

The possible move of the goalie to Toronto appears to be dead – at least in the framework of the Bozak-Kadri trade that was reported last fall as a “done deal.”

And since the 48-game regular season starts Saturday, and teams have been filling their rosters and salary-cap space this week, it is likely that Luongo will start the season as the most expensive backup goalie in Canuck history.

9 Responses to Maple Leafs, Canucks unlikely to agree on deal for Roberto Luongo

  1. leafs_wallace93 says:

    I kinda wanted Luongo just to see the Leafs have a good year, if not for goaltending falling apart we would have been a playoff team last season IMO.

    What I’m relieved to see is that it looks like Nonis has autonomy and Burke’s firing wasn’t about turning his management team into a puppet regime for the board. I can see Nonis embracing tank nation if the wheels fall off this season.

  2. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Despite my better judgement Eklund gets me every time saying the Leafs are targeting Jamie Benn. I was thinking the whole time that if the Leafs are going to package Kadri, Bozak and a 2nd for Luongo they’d be better off to throw in another spare part and offer that package for a legitimate young star instead.

    Kadri, Bozak and a 2nd is borderline a Rick Nash type package.

  3. doorman says:

    I am pretty sure as much as i would love Benn on the Leafs, noway i see the stars trading him.

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      Would you pull the trigger on Gardiner for Benn?

      • mojo19 says:

        Gardiner for Benn in a heartbeat. We have lots of good young defence, with loads of potential. Granted, none of Rielly, Finn, Blacker, or Percy have any NHL experience and are all far from being sure things when compared to Gardiner, but I’ll take my chances moving forward with our defensive prospects if it means bringing in a rugged centre who can put up big numbers.

        Gardiner (and possibly another piece) for Benn would be like the Luke Schenn for JVR trade on a higher scale. I’m in.

        • doorman says:

          This is a two fold answer…lol…..are we trading for him right now or part way through the seaason? Different scenerios have different answers for me….but I actually lean towards no. Yes, I said no. i would try to figure other thing first. I think Benn leaves me to question whether or not he is truly a centre? Or are we aquiring another nice winger? I would see him working better with Reemer for some reason.

  4. mojo19 says:

    I love this article. God bless Dave Nonis.

    Now he has to stick to his words and not let the weight of Maple Leaf fan/Media pressure make him sway from his blueprint.

Leave a Reply