We were all in hard on Luongo around the time when I got fired. The price would have come down to a lot but we were in the mix. They asked for Gardiner, Kadri and two firsts. Way too step, even for @strombone1 https://t.co/QNto0oM5XU
– Brian Burke (@Burkie2020) April 3, 2020
Already, with a base made up of Nazem Kadri, 7th overall pick in the 2009 auction, as well as Jake Gardiner and two first-round picks, it’s a big comeback.
What’s even more interesting is when you look at what the two picks would have become.
Around the 2013 trade deadline, Brian Burke, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was in on Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks. There was a rumoured package that Toronto considered:
To Toronto Maple Leafs
– Roberto Luongo
To Vancouver Canucks
– Nazem Kadri
– Jake Gardiner
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) September 4, 2023
Indeed, those picks became Frédérik Gauthier and one of the Leafs’ current stars, William Nylander.
Not to mention Jake Gardiner’s service to Toronto, including one 52-point season and five 30+ point seasons.
In short, the Maple Leafs wouldn’t look the same at all, and I don’t think it would have helped their playoff curse.
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Ann-Renée Desbiens with the new Montreal team? Not so fast. https://t.co/s8AzerYAsN
– Simon-Olivier Lorange (@SO_Lorange) September 5, 2023
– Not strong.
Asked about his state of health by journalists, he replied that he didn’t speak English. Come on. https://t.co/ehjJ7Agbli
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) September 5, 2023
– There’s development at this level.