NHL trade rumors: Roberto Luongo talks resume with Maple Leafs?

Rich Lam

The Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly resumed talks about a trade of Roberto Luongo.

Prior to the 2013 season, it was widely believed that Roberto Luongo would be wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater at some point this year. Apparently, that still might be the case.

The Vancouver Canucks have reached out to the Maple Leafs in the hopes of coming to terms on a deal for Luongo, according to multiple reports on Friday.

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star was the first to report on the discussions. In his account, the Canucks reached out to the Maple Leafs and have lowered their asking price on a return. Toronto is interested in pursuing talks.

Darren Dreger of TSN later confirmed the report, citing sources who stated that the two sides have engaged in discussions. Dreger also stated that the Calgary Flames are hoping to have a better understanding of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff's future by this weekend. Kiprusoff has also been mentioned as a potential target of the Maple Leafs.

However, reports have surfaced that Kiprusoff is unwilling to report to a new team if he is traded by the Flames. His former coach Mike Keenan also stated that Kiprusoff negotiated his current contract with the intention of not playing out the final year of the deal, which will be next season. Dreger reported that Kiprusoff's agent informed general manager Jay Feaster to discuss any potential deals with Kiprusoff, likely because he might not report to the team.

Toronto general manager Dave Nonis has previously stated that he is interested in acquiring a veteran goaltender.

As Cox details, the team has multiple avenues they could pursue, which could mean not making a trade at all, via The Star:

So that's four potential options; (James) Reimer- (Ben) Scrivens, Luongo, Kiprusoff and (Mike) Smith. Long gone are the days when Luongo, who turns 34 next Thursday, seemed the only alternative for a Leaf team that hasn't made the playoffs since 2004.

The trade deadline is next Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.

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