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by Paul on 06/19/12 at 10:35 PM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL transaction wire had Mike Gillis smiling Tuesday and Brian Burke reaching for the Maalox.
Gillis is laughing because now that Josh Harding signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild there is one less potential No. 1 goaltender on the free-agent market. That leaves the Vancouver Canucks general manager with the best available commodity in veteran Roberto Luongo.
As the GM most interested in acquiring a veteran No. 1, Burke probably had to resist the urge to fling a few things around his office. With Harding off an already thin market, it will cost the Toronto Maple Leafs more to get their hands on Luongo, 33, despite his $5.33-million (all currency U.S.) salary-cap hit that has another 10 years to run.
“He’s got the top guy to trade right now,” one of Gillis’s fellow GMs said.
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