After the Vancouver Canucks were swept out of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs by the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, the main topic surrounding the series is once again focused on the Canucks goaltending situation.
Both Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider were given their fare share of opportunities to grab the reins in goal and get the Canucks back in the series. They each started two games in the four game sweep and neither of them were able to steal a game that would have gotten the series back to Vancouver for game 5.
Now the off-season is upon the Canucks and it’s just a matter of time before the trade rumors surrounding Roberto Luongo will again start to blow. Only this time the winds of trade will be stronger than a slight breeze; more comparable to that of gale force winds.
It has become evident that Luongo will be the odd man out in Vancouver. GM Mike Gillis was apparently close to a deal at this year’s April trade deadline and aside from him not wanting to absorb any of Luongo’s ridiculous contract, a trade was said to be in place with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
With the Leafs on the brink of elimination in their opening round series, it’s hard to say if they’ll take another run at Luongo this summer. James Reimer has been good for the buds, but he hasn’t been great, leaving many to wonder if he’s the answer in Toronto.
A market will surely develop for Luongo given every team is in the same boat come July 3 when free agency opens up. Every club will have playoff aspirations and plans on upgrading their roster by shelling out barrels of cash to try and land the top fish on the market.
With the list of free-agent goaltenders being somewhat shallow this summer, Luongo’s trade value could increase should multiple teams show interest. Where he will end up is any one’s guess but one thing is almost certain, Roberto Luongo will be traded.
Perhaps one of the biggest NHL dramas is about to finally draw the curtain on it’s production. All we have to do now is hurry up and wait for the deal to happen which possibly means months of hearing about the rumors.