The Toronto Maple Leafs have been rumored to be interested in Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo since before the lockout start. Two Leafs GMs have liked the idea of bringing Luongo to town.
So why hasn’t a deal been done?
Both Brian Burke and Dave Nonis have said that the asking price for Luongo is too high. The Canucks want to get, what they feel, is fair market value for their former all-star goalie. They don’t want to just give him away.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis appeared on Team 1040 Radio in Vancouver on Friday, and addressed the reports coming out of Toronto that he’s asking the Leafs for much.
“Fair value is different for every team that you speak to because they have different players, they have different concerns and different contractual issues that play into what they have available that you might want,” said Gillis.
“The notion that we were asking for too much was floated in the Toronto media by a team that was extremely interested in acquiring Roberto and were using every means possible to try and force us to do something that we didn’t think was right. That’s nothing new in this business and it’s not the type of pressure that I’m going to succumb too.”
When asked if the deal was dead with leafs, as has been rumored, Gillis added:
“I don’t care, there’s a lot of stuff that’s going to happen in the first two weeks of this season,” Gillis remarked. “If you start giving all-star players away, you’ll be at the bottom of this league in a real hurry. So we have two really good goalies, I don’t know what’s going to happen with other teams – players might not play well, there may be injuries that they have at that position which may change the landscape. But as it sits today, we need to get something in return that is going to help our team and we’re not in the business of just helping other teams.”
The Canucks will head into the season with Luongo and Cory Schneider.
“I’m comfortable with both these guys starting the season here and I’ll be comfortable if we finish the season with them,” stated Gillis. “If something happens and comes our way that allows us to improve, then we’re going to do it. And it’s all subject to Roberto wanting to go to that city. So, it is a little bit more complicated than people like to think but we feel very comfortable with where we sit today with our goalies.”