HOCKEY — 30 May 2012

Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke appeared on TVA, a French-language television station in Quebec and clarified the team’s position in regards to Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.

“There has not been significant discussion (with the Canucks) on that player,” Burke made clear in order to calm the media speculations.

Roberto Luongo said that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause and reportedly the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the teams on a short list to which Luongo would accept a trade.

Leafs’ senior VP of hockey operations, David Nonis, recently said during a radio interview that he would be surprised if James Reimer and Ben Scrivens were the team’s two goalies next season. We know the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to acquire a veteran goaltender this season.

“From a Leafs standpoint, we need to make sure that we backfill and have some depth there so that we have some quality goaltenders to pick from,” Nonis stated. “Yes, we’ll look at (unrestricted free agency), we’ll probably jump in for a couple pieces, but overall we’re going to approach the trade market as a primary source of improvement.”

Roberto Luongo has 10 years remaining on his current contract with an annual cap hit of $5.3 million.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in desperate need of help in the net after finishing last season in 29th place.



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