Don Cherry: Why would Roberto Luongo join the Maple Leafs?

Don Cherry. (Reuters file photo)

Don Cherry. (Reuters file photo)

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, Last Updated: 8:18 PM ET

Don Cherry thinks Toronto Maple Leafs fans would love to see Roberto Luongo in blue and white.

But he doesn't think the Vancouver Canucks goaltender, who has been rumoured to be Toronto-bound once the NHL lockout is over, would be thrilled with the idea of playing for the Leafs.

"Why would he want to come here and step into the same thing as Vancouver?" the long-time Hockey Night in Canada commentator told Sportsnet 590 The Fan Monday. "Every time they lose, it's his fault. He only took them to the seventh game (of the Stanley Cup final in 2011). How many goaltenders have taken them to the seventh game?

"I don't think he wants to step into a real hot-spot like here. I think he wants to go to Florida because his wife comes from Florida."

Luongo, seen as the odd-man-out in Vancouver with the emergence of Cory Schneider, said in September that a return to the Florida Panthers "makes sense" and is his preferred location if or when he is traded. He has 10 years left on a contract that carries a capt hit of $5.33 million and includes a no-trade clause.


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