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by Paul on 04/24/12 at 11:40 PM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The Leafs have James Reimer and a pending free agent in Jonas Gustavsson. When July 1 hit a year ago, they paid no attention to Smith signing in Phoenix or the phone call they got from Tomas Vokoun asking for employment and stayed the course in goal. The course didn’t work.
Now they need a goalie. They need one badly. Tim Thomas, at 38, may be available. The free-agent list, other than Martin Brodeur, is spotty, the best choices being Josh Harding in Minnesota, Vokoun or Winnipeg’s Chris Mason. Luongo can still play. He wasn’t the reason the Canucks lost in the opening round. But they can’t keep him and Cory Schneider anymore.
The price for Luongo won’t necessarily be high. Not a lot of teams will want to pay that much, deal with that term or, in fact, have that need. There won’t be many suitors. And the Leafs, needy in goal, should be one of them.
It’s no time for Burke to value principle over winning. It’s time to get this deal done and move on with this five-year-plan that he doesn’t have time for.
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