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Trading Luongo to the Leafs carries the possibility of high drama.
Nowhere does the spotlight shine brighter than under the magnifying glass of the Toronto media. Luongo has wilted at times from all the attention he receives in Vancouver, but perhaps a different level of expectations could work to his advantage?
The Leafs have struggled for so long. To keep the faithful interested, management is virtually required to bring in a new face from time to time, guaranteed to change their fortunes.
Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, and Randy Carlyle provided glimmers of hope last season, while young James Reimer had his moments. Many were good, but some were bad, and it's not certain that he has the tools to be a long-term solution in net if a better option might be available.
Leafs' Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Nonis brought Luongo to Vancouver when he was the Canucks' GM back in 2006, so he and Brian Burke could be interested in another go around.
The Leafs are tight to the cap, with 17 players signed for nearly $57 million for next season. They'd need to move a player or two to make room for Luongo's salary. The Canucks probably wouldn't be interested in taking on Mikael Grabovski's $5.5 million a year for the next five years.
If he'd waive his no-trade clause, Tim Connolly could be a decent fit —a third-line center who could help pick up some of the slack while Kesler's out, and has just one year remaining on his deal, at $4.75 million.
Toronto fans have seen Luongo play some of his best games at the Air Canada Centre while he's been with the Canucks. Could he continue that trend if he were backstopping the blue-and-white?