Mar 16, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Talking to Maple Leafs About Luongo Again


The Vancouver Canucks are talking to the Toronto Maple Leafs regarding goaltender Roberto Luongo again, according to the Toronto Star’s Damien Cox.

Cox reports the two teams “quietly resumed this week after weeks of silence.” He says the Canucks are no longer believed to be asking for either Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner to be part of a Luongo trade.

Given the Canucks lack of depth at centre, he suggests they may be looking at impending unrestricted free agent Tyler Bozak to be part of a Luongo trade.

In any event, Cox says the Canucks no longer have the same leverage they did in the summer. He says the Maple Leafs tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens has played well this season and they could go into the playoffs with the two. The Leafs could also acquire another veteran goaltender at a cheaper price.

There are reports that Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller is on the trade block as well and the Maple Leafs could choose to acquire him instead of Luongo. Miller has signed through the 2013-14 season with a $6.25 million cap hit, which is much more palatable than Luongo’s contract.

The Canucks had a scout at Thursday night’s Carolina Hurricanes and Maple Leafs game.

 

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