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by Paul on 01/17/13 at 05:16 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Toronto's goaltending issues last season were well-documented -- the Leafs were 29th in goals against -- and while Nonis professes to be a believer inJames Reimer and Ben Scrivens, it's clear the new GM has been doing his homework and is ready to act if a deal presented itself.
"We would upgrade our goaltending by the weekend if we could do it without taking away significant pieces," Nonis said. "It's not that we wouldn't upgrade. But for what's out there right now, we would set our team back, especially in the long term. And, we don't believe we have two goaltenders here that are not capable. We believe we have two capable goaltenders. Do we think they're NHL-caliber? The answer is yes, there's no question about that. The only question we have, and that people have, is the experience factor. And that's fair. You can't sit there and say we have two experience goaltenders because we don't. That's one area we would like to improve -- an experienced goalie that can play. At this point, there hasn't been a price reasonable enough for us to act on it."
The worst-kept secret in hockey is that Toronto and Vancouver have had an on-again, off-again dialogue regarding Roberto Luongo since June. And while Nonis was obviously careful not to name names nor teams in his comment above, clearly what he's saying is that unless/until the Canucks lower their asking price for Luongo, there won't be a trade.
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