It’s amazing how things can change in a few short months. Prior to the season it was the Toronto Maple Leafs knocking on the Vancouver Canucks‘ door about possibly acquiring Roberto Luongo. Now it appears to be the other way around. The Canucks reportedly reached out to the Leafs this week to gauge their interest in still trading for Luongo.
While the Canucks are still probably not desperate to unload Luongo, the Leafs now appear to have a little more leverage. Toronto’s goaltending situation this year has performed well above expectations, and although I’m sure no Leaf fan will believe the team is going to make the playoffs until they see it, they do appear to be heading in that direction. At the very least if Toronto was tempted to part with Nazem Kadri before the season that certainly won’t be the case now, unless the organization wants a full-scale riot on their hands.
The Province has stated the Leafs are now only looking to part with a second round pick and a potential prospect, while the Canucks are still interested in centre Tyler Bozak. The conundrum with Bozak is that the Leafs may not be able to part with him at this point. He is now up to 10 goals and 23 points, great in the face-off circle, and is 3-for-4 in the shootout this season. In fact, he is the only Leaf to score in a shootout this year. Until Toronto clinches a playoff spot shootouts will be very important.
Then again, Bozak is an unrestricted free agent this summer and would be in line for a significant raise. Packaging him in a deal to bring a legitimate starting goalie to town would sound a lot better than losing him for nothing in the off-season. The next few days leading up to the deadline will be interesting to say the least.