Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/15/12
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The Headline Reads From Brian Burke “There is no deal in place for Roberto Luongo to become a Maple Leaf” Straight from the horses’ mouth, or from the bottom of a bottle of fine scotch, Leafs GM and hater of fancy stats, Brian Burke has refuted claims that there is a deal in place that would see current Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo head to the Toronto Maple Leafs once the lockout ends. Burke joined Hockey Central to discuss the Toronto Marlies season and was asked about a potential trade between the Canucks and the Leafs. Burke said of the rumors: “Mike Gillis and I may disagree from time to time, but we definitely agree on this thing.” So there you have it. Luongo isn’t going to Toronto…yet. Of course with the lockout the Leafs’ GM can’t come out and say “Yeah, we’ve been talking all summer, well into the fall and now approaching the winter months, we had a fantastic time at Mike’s cottage and it was there we wrote a 22 song double album and agreed to a deal in principle once this lockout ends.” By this point everyone knows that Roberto Luongo will be traded once the lockout ends and things return to normal. By this point everyone knows that Roberto Luongo will be traded However, what isn’t known is where he will call home for the shortened 2012-13 season, should there be one. Throughout the summer speculation has been that Luongo would be traded back to Florida and his own words “it would be an ideal situation”. However, Luongo also acknowledged that being traded back to Florida might not happen be a possibility. Toronto, being the center of the hockey universe was also amongst the teams speculated to be involved in acquiring the services of the Canucks all-time leader in everything goalie related. At one point there was an offer of Luke Schenn straight across for Luongo. The Canucks didn’t bite and Schenn was traded to the Flyers for James van Riemsdyk. As the summer ended and we were thrown head first into this lockout the talks died down somewhat. That was until John Shannon of Sportsnet blurted out on Hockey Central that the next time Roberto Luongo played in the NHL it would be for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Shannon is quoted as saying:  “I do not know who or what he will be traded for, and believe it or not, I don’t think general managers Mike Gillis and Brian Burke know either. The rules of any new collective bargaining agreement will dictate the actual transaction.” So, if Gillis doesn’t know and Burke doesn’t know…how does John Shannon? Maybe he has a time machine, which in case he does and he’s reading this; hey John, why don’t you go forward in time and google “how the third NHL lockout ended”. Either way, it made for an interesting few days of Twitter speculation. Right now I’m of the mind that Luongo will probably be traded to Toronto. It makes a lot of sense, however I don’t know what the deal would be for. I know who’d I’d like to see come back, but we’ll see what happens. It’s lockouts and slow news days like this that take one simple quote and turn it into a 541 word piece. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSPORTSBEAT!
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