Roberto Luongo to Leafs nothing more than a pipe dream

Oh sure, now that the Vancouver Canucks supposedly have no use for Roberto Luongo, there is talk the Toronto Maple Leafs should try and trade for the him in the summer.

Nice try, but no thanks.

Why would the Leafs want a goaltender who was pulled after losing the first two games in the opening round this year? Why would the Leafs want a goaltender who lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final? Why would the Leafs want a goaltender who turns to mush whenever he sees a Chicago Blackhawks jersey?

Wait a second; it is either Luongo or another year of James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson? Well, then, send him over.It is all a pipe dream, of course. Luongo has a no-trade clause and an anchor of a contract that could keep him in Vancouver for the next 10 years. But with Cory Schneider now carrying the load and Luongo supposedly being run out of town, you cannot help but imagine what the Leafs would look like if they were to acquire the beleaguered goaltender.

If you really want to torture yourself, imagine if Toronto had not traded its fourth overall pick in 1997 to the New York Islanders — used to select Luongo — for Wendel Clark, Mathieu Schneider and D.J. Smith.

Instead, the Leafs continue to search for that elusive No. 1 netminder, burning through 15 goalies since the 2004-05 lockout. Since the decline of Hall of Famer Ed Belfour, the Leafs’ crease for the most part has been a goalie graveyard responsible for the disappearance of more lives than the Bermuda Triangle.

In three of the last four years, the team has had either the worst or the second-worst goals-against average in the league. This season, Gustavsson was 38th of 45 qualifying goaltenders with a .902 save percentage. Reimer, at .900, was 41st.

3 Responses to Roberto Luongo to Leafs nothing more than a pipe dream

  1. mtl_prince says:

    Luongo would be a huge upgrade for Toronto. They could get him for next to nothing. I wouldn't hesitate if I were Burke. Who else is available. Not many tenders, and whoever is available would command a much bigger return, which I don't think Toronto should even consider.

  2. mojo19 says:

    you're right that anyone would come at a bigger return than Lu. But if the ultimate goal (don't laugh) is to win a Stanley Cup then there's no point in trading for Lu. Might as well wheel Reimer and Gustavsson back out and save the cap space.

  3. Steven_Leafs says:

    I dont really believe that, if he can get you to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals (shaky or not) then he can win you a cup.

    My problem would be the contract, we could end up stuck with him if he turns bad and we would have to let Reimer go (most likely through trade) or sign him and have a 5M+ backup goalie. If he didn't have a NMC and we could waive him if it came down to it then I'd say go for it, we have paid much bigger price tags to get goalies like Toskala and Raycroft.

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