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Goalie trade talk will continue long into the summer

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo watches the replay after losing in a shootout to the...

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo watches the replay after losing in a shootout to the Edmonton Oilers during their NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia January 20, 2013. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:54 PM ET

Goaltenders filled a lot of the narrative at this year's trade deadline and their stories are far from over.

The fate of several teams' situations in the blue paint will be fun to watch through the post-season and then through the draft, which will come quickly on the heels of the Stanley Cup final in this lockout-shortened season.

Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks, of course, will remain the most significant players in the crease drama. Moving Luongo and his contract should be easier in the summer, when teams have more cap flexibility. If we are to believe Canucks GM Mike Gillis that he had discussions with four teams on Luongo at the trade deadline, there's a good chance the situation will finally be resolved.

Then again, we said the same thing going into last summer.

There's also the complication presented by the salary cap dropping by about $6 million next year.

So, do the Toronto Maple Leafs enter the picture again?


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