Trade talks are heating up for the Leafs to acquire Miika Kiprusoff, but is it a wise move?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have two stellar young goaltenders in James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, but that reportedly isn't stopping general manager Dave Nonis from seeking a veteran option at the position.
Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet and the NHL Network confirmed as much on Monday:
Dave Nonis certainly isn't ruling out acquiring a veteran goalie for the #leafs but it won't come at any price.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 1, 2013
Currently sitting in a tie for fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, the Leafs have a strong chance at snapping their seven-season playoff drought. It makes sense that Nonis would at least consider a more experienced netminder in that context.
National Post columnist and TSN television personality Bruce Arthur cites a quote from his colleague Dave Naylor, who notes that talks between Calgary and Toronto are heating up regarding Kiprusoff:
Dreger to me and @tsndavenaylor: "The Kiprusoff train is rolling between Dave Nonis and Jay Feaster right now, it really is." Talked today.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) April 1, 2013
This would certainly be an interesting move if it does go down. While the Leafs do have a strong shot at the postseason, Kiprusoff would be the epitome of a rental player. He plans not to play in the NHL for at least the next season, according to a report by Sportsnet's Luke Fox.
Moving to a contender might spark the 37-year-old's interest and elevate his level of play, but Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports that Kipprusoff won't report to any team other than the Flames following the April 3 deadline:
If Toronto really wants help in the net, it may have to look elsewhere, as it looks as though Kipprusoff will come with some baggage.
Luongo has been relegated to a secondary role in Vancouver due to the emergence of upstart youngster Cory Schneider between the pipes.
As many as four teams are interested in Luongo, according to Farhan Lalji of TSN:
Lalji doesn't mention Toronto specifically as one of the four clubs vying for Luongo, nor does he indicate the Leafs' level of interest.
However, TSN's Darren Dreger highlighted an interesting development on Friday, which seems to hint at renewed negotiations between the two sides:
Since there haven't been any more reports to date providing further clarity on Kiprusoff's future in the league beyond this season, Luongo seems like a much more viable option for the Leafs. His 2.44 goals against average is over a full goal better than that of Kipprusoff's (3.52).
This saga should continue on all the way up to the 11th hour on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if the Leafs stick to their young guns for the stretch run or bring in a new face to perhaps rotate with the more recently effective Reimer.