Did Easter Sunday prove to be the stage for Roberto Luongo’s version of The Last Supper, at least in Vancouver? Is Toronto, in fact, the place where he will be breaking bread in the near future? The intrigue certainly is heating up. According to Vancouver Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman, the Luongo trade chatter is becoming more than just web scuttlebutt. “Mike is in discussions with multiple teams ... Talks are beyond the tire-kicking stage,” Gilman told the Vancouver media referring to Canucks general manager Mike Gillis. Various reports from the left coast suggest Leafs centre Tyler Bozak is in the mix. Bozak will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. “We need a third-line centre, but no one is going to ‘steal’ Roberto from us,” Gilman told reporters. “We’re not moving him for a rental. We need something for today and tomorrow.” Gilman was not specifically referring to Bozak. But the Leafs centre certainly fits the criteria. While no spring chicken, Bozak, 27, is approaching the prime of his career and has his best hockey ahead of him. Of course, in order for Bozak not to be considered a “rental,” the Canucks would have to be confident that they could sign him long-term. Of course, this Luongo-Toronto plot has a few more twists to it. According to the Vancouver Province, Bozak has yet to be part of any recent offer involving Luongo. The report suggests that Leafs GM Dave Nonis doesn’t feel there is much of a market for the Canucks backup goalie.
Is Leafs' Bozak headed to Vancouver for Luongo?
Toronto Sun | Apr 1