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MAJOR | The Canucks' biggest trade to never happen: Roberto Luongo traded to the Maple Leafs

Published September 5, 2023 at 6:52 PM
BY FELIP GOSSELIN

Roberto Luongo was one of, if not the top goaltender in Canucks' history. Involved in some blockbuster deals that sent him from the Islanders to the Panthers, to the Canucks and back to the Panthers; the bigger ones were the deals that never took place.

Brian Burke, who was the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager from 2008 to 2013, revealed in a recent interview the biggest deal the Canucks could've pulled for their hall-of-fame netminder Roberto Luongo.

To Toronto Maple Leafs
— Roberto Luongo

To Vancouver Canucks
— Nazem Kadri
— Jake Gardiner
— 2013 1st Round Pick (Became Freddie Gauthier)
— 2014 1st Round Pick (Became William Nylander)




Brian Burke tweeted about it himself and revealed that it was ultimately the Leafs that stepped down because they felt the Canucks' ask was too steep. Even though it meant acquiring one of, if not the best, goaltenders of that time.


We all know how history goes next. Luongo played another season for the Canucks before he got traded at the 2014 deadline when Vancouver landed Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias. Matthias played one full season before leaving for the Maple Leafs via free agency, and Markstrom rendered good service to the Canucks before inking a deal with the Flames.

Had the Canucks found a way to make that deal happen, there's a good enough chance that there would still be repercussions on today's lineup.
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