The Roberto Luongo speculation found another gear yesterday with the revelation from the 33-year-old himself that he would accept a request to waive his no trade clause. The big questions that surround any possible move to Toronto remain whether or not Brian Burke would trade for a contract he wouldn’t sign himself Â (backsliding and by his definition cap circumventing), and whether or not Luongo sees Toronto as a desirable destination. With Schneider in need of a new deal, Luongo will surely be actively shopped, and the market can’t be huge considering it’s narrowed by two parameters: 1) not every team is in search for a goaltender, certainly not one with Luongo’s price tag, and 2) the fact that Luongo controls his own destiny. Should the Leafs be a desirable destination of Luongo’s, the price shouldn’t be unreasonably steep considering those various factors.
I’ve talked about this before, but Luongo is made a much more attractive option for the Leafs if Burke believes an amnesty provision is a likely addition within the new CBA. An amnesty provision similar to the NBA’s that is, which allows the purging of one contract from the cap at any point during the duration of the 10-year CBA. You could certainly argue that, given the lack of options, Luongo should be a target regardless.
Links after the jump.
Gustavsson, Reimer and Scrivens: Just the Stats sir
While we’re on the subject of goalies, Cam Charron breaks down the statistical performance of the Leafs‘ three goalies this past season.
Fate of Canucks’ goalie Roberto Luongo poses awkward questions for Leafs
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Joffrey Lupul a Masterton Finalist
The Leafs’ Masterton Nominee is one of three remaining candidates, alongside Daniel Alfredsson and Max Pacioretty, for the Masterton Trophy, awarded to “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.â€