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.
List of scouts/mgmt guys at CAR/TOR game tonight: CHI (2), WPG, CGY, EDM, MTL (3), NYR, STL, BOS, VAN, PHI, LA, CBJ, PHX, WAS & NAS
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 28, 2013