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Leafs leaning toward Luongo over Nash?

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10:10 AM ET 06.16 | It's an intriguing time for GM Brian Burke and his staff as they contemplate the future. The expectation among many is that Burke is plotting aggressive ways of making sure the Leafs don't miss post-season play again next season eyeing a veteran goaltender (Roberto Luongo?) in search of quality veterans to bolster Dion Phaneuf and the leadership group in the Toronto dressing room and searching for ways to get the No. 1 pick in next week's draft. The likeliest scenario then is for something in between: - A play for Luongo that might cost one good prospect. - A mid-range NHL free agent. - An aggressive bid for unsigned Anaheim blueline prospect Justin Schultz. - No deal for Nash who may have scratched Toronto from his list of preferred destinations anyway. - No move up from No. 5 in the draft and therefore ending up with a blue-chip youngster who will be back in junior or Europe next season. The message? Staying the course no short-term fixes or at least none involving players who can only help for one or two years. Luongo, maybe, because he???s a long-term solution in the crease.

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June 16, 2012  10:16 AM ET

And all along I thought the Monster was the man...James Reimer was the man...Justin Pogge was the man...Andrew Raycroft was the man...Mikael Tellqvist was the man...

June 16, 2012  10:16 AM ET

The expectation among many is that Burke is plotting aggressive ways of making sure the Leafs don't miss post-season play again next season eyeing a veteran goaltender (Roberto Luongo?) in search of quality veterans to bolster Dion Phaneuf and the leadership group in the Toronto dressing room and searching for ways to get the No. 1 pick in next week's draft.

And on Wednesdays Burkie searches for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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June 16, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

*smacks his forehead as hard as he can*

Get right down to the ACC Danny. Maybe you can help him find Santa and the Easter Bunny.

(LOL at Luongoal as a Leaf)

June 16, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And all along I thought the Monster was the man...James Reimer was the man...Justin Pogge was the man...Andrew Raycroft was the man...Mikael Tellqvist was the man...

NO!

It is Ben Scrievens! Or maybe Reimer if he has recovered from his case of whiplash...

June 16, 2012  10:33 AM ET

Why would anyone want Luongo on their team over Rick Nash.

Go after Nash.

June 16, 2012  11:08 AM ET

Sign Luongo, Leafs and your troubles will soon be behind you.

June 16, 2012  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

*smacks his forehead as hard as he can*

Remember the source. They're messing with you (I hope)

June 16, 2012  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Burkie searches for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

He might be better off with homegrown...this time anyway.

June 16, 2012  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Why would anyone want Luongo on their team over Rick Nash.Go after Nash.

Maybe Nash wants nothing to do with the Leafs.

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June 16, 2012  12:40 PM ET
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To Vancouver: -Leafs #5 draft pick-GardinerTo Toronto:-Luongo

I just can't see Luongo costing that much. He has an albatross contract, big yearly cap hit and has demanded out of Vancouver. I could see the first or Gardiner, but just can't see both. I could see another player involved in that cost, as the Leafs would need to clear some cap to assume $6.75 mil.

June 16, 2012  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And all along I thought the Monster was the man...James Reimer was the man...Justin Pogge was the man...Andrew Raycroft was the man...Mikael Tellqvist was the man...

When it comes to goalies, Toronto is Philadelphia North. When was the last time a good prospect goalie survived in either city?

June 16, 2012  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

(LOL at Luongoal as a Leaf)

Your pal, Don Cherry, should have tons of fun with his pal, Lulongo in T*****o.

June 16, 2012  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I just can't see Luongo costing that much. He has an albatross contract, big yearly cap hit and has demanded out of Vancouver.

That's the kind of contract His Irkness really likes. He might even add a year or three to 'pry' him out of Vancouver.

June 16, 2012  01:51 PM ET

I would think that Vancouver would be willing to GIVE Luongo away...he's a cap killer for the Canucks. Getting rid of him is the prize. That being said, Luongo seems that he has no problem steering a top contender in the direction they are already headed in. Great. Other than making splits saves when in Florida (while still young & agile) he didn't lead that team anywhere. Not that it was all his fault, but he never proved that he can turn a pretender into a contender. Now he's over the hill and his diminishing skills are obvious to all. All that to say, I REALLY hope Toronto lands him.

June 16, 2012  01:56 PM ET
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I just can't see Luongo costing that much. He has an albatross contract, big yearly cap hit and has demanded out of Vancouver. I could see the first or Gardiner, but just can't see both. I could see another player involved in that cost, as the Leafs would need to clear some cap to assume $6.75 mil.

VCR will NOT get a first plus a good young player for Luongo. From anyone, including Lord Irk.

What will the Leafs do?

Stay put in draft and sign Josh Harding - 30% likely
Stay put in draft and spin Reimer as the real deal - 30%
Trade assets to move up in draft - 30%
Trade Reimer and a fringe NHL er (like Kadri) for Luongo - 10%
Nash - 0%

June 16, 2012  03:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

What will the Leafs do?Stay put in draft and sign Josh Harding - 30% likely

I think Harding (when injury free) can be very capable between the pipes...

 
June 16, 2012  04:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And all along I thought the Monster was the man...James Reimer was the man...Justin Pogge was the man...Andrew Raycroft was the man...Mikael Tellqvist was the man...

If The Leafs hadn't traded Tuukka Rask to Boston, he'd have been their man too............. so were goalies like Allan Bester, Mike Palmateer, Ken Wregget, Curtis Joseph, etc. etc. etc.

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