Mar 14, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the first period against the Nashville Predators at Rogers Arena.The Vancouver Canucks won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks May Not Get "Full Value" For Roberto Luongo Until Summer

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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is widely believed to be one of the players available in advance of the National Hockey League’s April 3 trade deadline, but the ESPN’s Craig Custance believes the Canucks may not get “full value” for the goaltender until this summer.

Custance believes there could be as many as 12 teams looking to add a goaltender at the deadline, but most are not desperate. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been linked to Roberto Luongo for close to a year now, but goaltender James Reimer has shown he might be able to carry the load for the team.

He thinks the Canucks would be able to acquire as much as a roster player and a prospect or two in the summer.

The Toronto Star’s Damien Cox reported on Thursday night that the Canucks have resumed talks with the Maple Leafs about Luongo with impending free agent centre Tyler Bozak as part of the deal.


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  • disqus_8uTkp82LAz

    Don’t sell low on Roberto. A lot of the teams that think they’re goalies will get them through some playoff rounds will be exposed when the playoffs actually start. Pad your stats with the lesser competition but when you’re in playoff season then the pretenders will become obvious. Leafs, IF you make the playoffs, you’ll be tossed in the first round.

  • sdd63

    Luongo is, for the Leafs, at most a short term fix who will do great long term damage because of his contract, and he’ll stand in the way of the younger goalies. His stats are getting worse over the last 3 years. His save percentage is way below Reimer and Scrivens. The Leafs give up more goals because they’re defensively weaker and they give up more shots. If Luongo has worse stats than what the Leafs have now with a better defensive team, why is he going to be any better in Toronto? The Leafs need a solid, defensive, top 4 defenceman far more than they need Luongo. Meanwhile, the Canucks are stuck with $9 million tied up with 2 goalies. Nobody wants Lou’s contract. Especially not with him in decline.

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