In the final hour of Wednesday’s trade deadline, the Vancouver Canucks dropped the asking price for veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo and contacted the Toronto Maple Leafs three times within the hour, trying to complete a deal. But that wasn’t the case, Toronto declined all three offers.
According to Darren Dreger, the time frame for the three offers looked like this:
- Vancouver called Toronto at 2:00 PM and made an offer, Toronto declined.
- Vancouver called back at 2:30 PM made another offer, but Toronto declined.
- Vancouver called again at 2:45 PM, and for the last and final time, Toronto declined.
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Vancouver was asking for goaltender Ben Scrivens and a pair of second-round picks from Toronto in return for Luongo. However, I believe Dave Nonis felt he couldn’t part ways with Ben Scrivens, at least for now.
The last time the Leafs and Canucks were in talks, Vancouver wanted Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak and second round pick, but of course it didn’t happen. So it’s pretty clear the Canucks dropped the price in hopes of making a last minute Luongo deal.
Toronto and Vancouver were close to a deal Wednesday, which explains why the Canucks pulled Luongo off the ice during the teams practice. They needed to be ready just in case the two sides agreed to a swap.
It was later reported that Dave Nonis would have dealt Ben Scrivens if Vancouver took some of Luongo’s cap. Since Vancouver wasn’t interested in doing so, the deal fell through.
It wasn’t just about Roberto Luongo Wednesday, as Toronto was also interested in Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames. Many believe the two sides had a tentative deal in place that would send Kiprusoff to the Maple Leafs, but the veteran goaltender had second thoughts about moving to Toronto and decided it was best if he stayed in Calgary. ( Some say the Leafs could have sent a second round pick and a roster player and or a prospect to Calgary for Kiprusoff.)
The Leafs thought if they acquired Kiprusoff, he would’ve been a good mentor for Reimer and Scrivens, which makes sense considering he’s an experienced goaltender and most importantly, he has playoff experience. But there was no deal and Kiprusoff will stay in Calgary and will likely retire at the end of the season.
So, at the end of the day, the Maple Leafs didn’t land either goaltender and will have to ride with Reimer and Scrivens for the rest of the season and during the playoffs. But many fans can say, they’re happy with the two goaltenders as they’ll gain post-season experience this year one way or another.
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