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09-19-2012, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Pepper View Post
This is the first time I've heard of such rumor, please provide links to these sources.

I believe, and it was some time ago around the draft, that the initial report was from the Fan 590 out of Calgary. But not 100% sure there as it was some time ago. Currently searching their audio vault. (Note: This was right around the time when it was speculated that a deal to TO was 90% done).

Here's a link on ProHockeyTalk (via NBC sports) referencing to the same rumour.

Quote (Jason Brough): "Yesterday, a rumor surfaced that a deal sending Luongo to the Maple Leafs was all but official. (In return for Luke Schenn and Toronto’s fifth overall pick, if you’re wondering.)"

Here's another reference from Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts:

Thought #5 has the following text: 5. "Luongo might not prefer Toronto, but he knows it makes a lot of sense for everyone involved -- even him. Several reports indicated Luke Schenn was offered for the goalie, but think Canucks GM Mike Gillis countered by asking for Toronto's fifth-overall draft pick. The Maple Leafs and Canucks are playing a macho game right now, but things will eventually get serious. Hopefully soon."

Then there's this report from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette that had Luke Schenn and the 5th overall pick available to move up in the draft:

(Of note there is that the same package was rumoured to be involved in both deals, lending credence to the fact that at least Schenn was available for trade. And that he was offered up for the 1st overall pick, or Luongo, or JVR. The latter deal being the one that eventually met the needs of both parties.)

Now if you want to question this further, I suggest you talk to Elliotte Friedman about his sources. As he does say "several reports"... My ability to link you with the materials that will sate your curiousity (which I believe won't happen) is largely academic at this point...

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