THIS N’ THAT – Bruce Garrioch Ottawa Sun


If the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to deal for Roberto Luongo they’re going to have to sweeten the pot. League sources say Leafs GM Brian Burke and his Canucks counterpart Mike Gillis haven’t spoken about the possibility of a Luongo trade since September. Contrary to popular belief, Gillis isn’t going to give Luongo to the Leafs just to get the goalie’s $5.3 million cap hit off the roster. It’s believed the Canucks want good prospects in return and Burke might not be prepared for that kind of deal. Luongo won’t be dealt to the Florida Panthers, which is where he really wants to go, unless they, too, sweeten the pot. The asking price: A player who can help the Canucks immediately, a top prospect and a draft pick in exchange. It would make sense for Gillis and Burke to get together … Two defencemen getting raises: You’d have to think, depending on the length of the deal, that Montreal Canadiens blueliner P.K. Subban will get a contract with a salary in the area of $5.5 million while New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto will get around $4 million. Both are restricted free agentss. Habs GM Marc Bergevin spoke with Subban’s agent Don Meehan on Monday. Del Zotta spent part of last year in the minors and doesn’t have quite the same bargaining power as Subban.


7 Responses to THIS N’ THAT – Bruce Garrioch Ottawa Sun

  1. blaze says:

    Shut up Bruce. Vancouver can keep Luongo.

  2. leafs_wallace93 says:

    So with the Luongo Rule the Leafs would still be on the hook capwise if he retires? Don’t want him anymore, if we’re going to give up what Gillis is asking we can use that package to get a goaltender that doesn’t come with baggage.

    Gillis originally asked for a pick, Gardiner, Bozak and Franson for Luongo. Gillis must not have complete faith in Schnieder if that is his asking price for Lou.

    • blaze says:

      Seriously can we just try and steal Mike Smith?? Ontario guy would look great in the blue and white. I’d pay for him his numbers are a bit inflated playing for Tippett but still Smith-Reimer or Smith-Scrivens would be great.

    • 93killer93 says:

      At this point if we’re going to pay a premium I’d rather go after Kipper. He only has one year left, and if he’s splits time with Reimer instead of playing 75 games every year then he could probably stay at his current level for a while. I say we just go with Reimer for this season, and target one of the UFA goalies this summer. Whether it be Smith, Backstrom, Nabokov or Howard.

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