Keenan hopes trading Luongo works out

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

Mike Keenan, no stranger to the blockbuster deal, once traded Dominik Hasek, who went on to become the best goalie of his generation.

And Keenan has been reminded of it ever since.

Now, he has dealt away the best goalie of the next generation -- Roberto Luongo -- for Todd Bertuzzi, some spare parts and a whole lot of baggage to be named later.

He'll be hearing about this one for years. Especially considering Luongo didn't want to leave Florida and was prepared to sign a long-term contract with the Panthers.

In the past, Keenan has won most of the big-name trades he has made.

In Chicago, he stole Chris Chelios for Denis Savard; in St. Louis, he stole Chris Pronger for Brendan Shanahan. In most cases, you give him the benefit of doubt.

But this is a deal, much like the Hasek trade, Keenan just can't win.

This and that

At least two prominent hockey people insist the Maple Leafs, under current management, will not attract any free agents of consequence come July. Sadly, this is the kind of reputation John Ferguson is garnering with agents and fellow players ... Bryan McCabe is now having second thoughts about signing the one-sided contract he agreed to with the Leafs. This isn't the formality some people believe it to be ... Carlos Delgado wants to be remembered as someone who always played hard in Toronto. Or someone with amnesia. One of those things ... Jose Theodore's two favourite locations: Montreal and Paris ... Just one question: Does Matt Leinart know? ... In his first start as the Argo quarterback, Spergon Wynn didn't live up his name ... In 2003, the Raptors won 24 games, the Miami Heat won 25. Three years and one Shaq-daddy trade later, the Heat won a championship and they spent just $6 million US more than the Raptors ... Tom Glavine, who beat the Blue Jays Friday night, was taken 69th by Los Angeles in the 1984 NHL draft. One hundred and two picks later, the Kings selected a guy named Luc Robitaille.

Here and there

A trade proposal worthy of consideration: Mrs. McCabe for Mrs. Pronger ... Is Steve Yzerman the most valuable player never to win a most valuable player award? .... This may be anti-Canadian but the MVP awards aside, Steve Nash couldn't do against the Dallas Mavericks in the conference final what Dwyane Wade did one round later ... Here's a shock -- the screwed up Knicks are trying to move Jalen Rose and that albatross known as his contract ... The worst rule among the many bad rules of Canadian football: The penalty for no yards on punts that hit the ground. Once the ball bounces, all bets should be off and the flags put away ... If Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk can't turn Bertuzzi into a decent teammate, no one can ... The best reason to discontinue interleague play: Kansas City and Pittsburgh in a three-game series ... When did hockey become all about Ron MacLean? ... Drafted after Glavine in '84 -- Brett Hull at 117.

Scene and heard

The statistics on Santonio Holmes since being drafted in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers: No receptions, two arrests, and news that three children have been fathered from three different mothers ... Can we now dispense with the closeups of Glen Wesley's family? They were getting almost as annoying as the Mark Cuban closeups ... ... NBA championship rings are forever devalued now that Alonzo Mourning has earned one ... York University walk-on Ricky Foley has signed with the B.C. Lions after a tryout with the Baltimore Ravens, but the quiet word is the Ravens were so impressed with Foley they're bringing him back to take a place on their practice roster later ... Must have been too much champagne in celebration: Why else does Carolina sign soon-to-be 36-year-old Rod Brind'Amour for five more years ... We knew Pat Riley had taste in clothing and hair products. We didn't know he had taste in music. Riley celebrated his NBA championship by taking in a Bruce Springsteen concert in New York ... Drafted after Glavine in '84 -- Gary Suter at 180.

And another thing

If soccer is indeed the world's game, how come eight of the 10 most populated countries on the planet aren't being represented in the World Cup ... One World Cup player sums up my view of the tournament: Kaka ... On the official CFL website, you can purchase an Argo jersey with Ricky Williams' name for $169, while an Arland Bruce III jersey goes for $109. One more game like Friday and the prices will be reversed ... Until further notice, the Blue Jays' second-best starting pitcher happens to be Theodore Roosevelt Lilly. But he won't be that for long, assuming A.J. Burnett has no more boo boos ... Cito Gaston should hang by the phone: He's probably two Ozzie Guillen outbursts away from managing the Chicago White Sox ... Good for Bryan Colangelo: Trading, after all these years, for Eric Nesterenko ... The first pick in Glavine's draft year: Mario Lemieux. The only active players: The ex-Leaf Roberts and Scott Mellanby ... And hey, whatever became of Dirk Nowitzki?

Steve Simmons' column appears on Page S5 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.


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