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Canucks, Leafs close on Robert Luongo deal

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07:10 AM ET 10.20 | No NHL player can be traded during the lockout. But that doesn't mean nobody is talking trade, or that trade rumours can't gain life while the players are locked out. That seems to be the case with the Leafs and their pursuit of Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, with multiple reports this week indicating that a deal was either close or completed in principle. Well, not true. At least not yet. Yes, the Leafs remain very much interested in securing the services of Luongo, and the talks are very much alive. It???s believed Leaf GM Brian Burke and his Vancouver counterpart Mike Gillis spoke as recently as two weeks ago, at which time the Canucks demands were reduced from the bounty they requested at the draft, but not enough for the Leafs to agree to anything. At the draft, reports indicated Vancouver asked for centre Tyler Bozak, defenceman Jake Gardiner, a first-round pick and winger Matt Frattin in exchange for the 33-year-old Luongo. The Leafs had no interest in paying that kind of price, largely because there is no significant market for the services of the veteran goaltender. The Leafs, however, have only James Reimer on their NHL roster, and he's a goalie in search of bounce-back season himself. So they have a definite need for quality veteran goaltending and the Canucks need to get Luongo out-of-town. The most recent owner's CBA proposal, meanwhile, may have altered the temperature of talks between the two clubs.

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October 20, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Come on Burkie, Mikey only wants one first round pick....that's nothing to you.

October 20, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Roberto is screaming, "Noooooooo, anybody but the Leafs"!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck in Burkieland Roberto!

October 20, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Come on Burkie, Mikey only wants one first round pick....that's nothing to you.

It won't be a problem in To***to.

October 20, 2012  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It won't be a problem in To***to.

He won't have to worry about that on the Leafs!

October 20, 2012  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He won't have to worry about that on the Leafs!

Ed Zachary!

October 20, 2012  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He won't have to worry about that on the Leafs!

They have issues.

October 20, 2012  08:51 AM ET



I haven't posted this in a while. :-)

October 20, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They have issues.

LMFAO!

October 20, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They have issues.

Nice, Canuck...

October 20, 2012  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Nice, Canuck...

Thanks Otis. It's about all hockey fans have to smile about.

October 20, 2012  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

They have issues.

I guess he thought that's where he was supposed to pick his horses.

October 20, 2012  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Thanks Otis. It's about all hockey fans have to smile about.

Actually I smiled when I saw the headline. Is Danny speechless:)

October 20, 2012  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Actually I smiled when I saw the headline. Is Danny speechless :)

He's probably doing this without the harness.

Warning: The audio is a bit annoying. You might want to turn it down.

October 20, 2012  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

He's probably doing this without the harness.Warning: The audio is a bit annoying. You might want to turn it down.

Vertigo. I have been up there. Girlfriend: Wanta go eat? Me: Urp.

October 20, 2012  11:33 AM ET

"Canucks, Leafs close on Robert Luongo deal"

Best time to do a deal, when you know Luongo won't screw things up with his playing.

October 20, 2012  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Vertigo. I have been up there. Girlfriend: Wanta go eat? Me: Urp.

Once upon a time I made it up to the top using the stairs. Grueling.

October 20, 2012  11:36 AM ET

I heard that a mystery team joined the bidding just before the lock-out and it isn't any of the teams usually mentioned (TO Fla Chitown Columbus)

October 20, 2012  11:38 AM ET

Edmonton also kicked the tires on a deal

October 20, 2012  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I heard that a mystery team joined the bidding just before the lock-out and it isn't any of the teams usually mentioned (TO Fla Chitown Columbus)

Who was it? The Seattle Oilers?

 
October 20, 2012  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Who was it? The Seattle Oilers?

No they tried at the draft of course the Canucks wanted too much

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