You can pinpoint problems with a lot of teams around the NHL as the regular season winds down. The Toronto Maple Leafs may have one big issue in their goalie situation. Toronto is giving up nearly three goals a game but looks to be trying to fix that problem. The team is talking with the Vancouver Canucks about trading for Roberto Luongo. Luongo appears to have lost his starting job in Vancouver and could probably be had for the right price. Toronto needs to make this move before the trade deadline.
Luongo does have a very long-term deal right now that lasts all the way until the 2021-22 season, but with the team showing signs that they can make a run at the Stanley Cup this season, this trade makes sense to me. Luongo is the backup now to Cory Schneider in Vancouver, and I’m sure that Luongo would love to get another chance to be a full-time starter. It would be a new home for him and he wouldn’t even have to leave the country.
The Maple Leafs have found a new scoring punch with Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel who have them scoring the fourth-most goals per game in the entire NHL. The goaltenders are not up to the team’s offensive capabilities though with Ben Scrivens and James Reimer. Toronto has a real chance to do something special and make a run at being the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup in 20 years. The only way that will happen though is if the Maple Leafs make a trade for a goalie, and Luongo would be the perfect one to have.