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Jonathan Bernier L.A. Kings

According to the latest information coming from our sources in Toronto, the trade rumours surrounding Roberto Luongo may be about to become more intense.

That’s because Brian Burke and the Maple Leafs have apparently rejected the L.A. Kings approach regarding the acquisition of backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

Previously, it had been reported that the Maple Leafs were interested in Bernier as far back as June.  The risk of such a trade would also have been minimal, given that Bernier will become a restricted free agent this summer.

The decision to decline the trade for the talented but inexperienced goaltender represents a major turnaround in the Leafs thinking and gives the clearest indication yet of the urgency and pressure on the franchise to return to the postseason for the first time since 2004.

It is this same urgency and pressure that now has Burke firmly focused on Luongo, despite his advancing age and the length of his contract.  Ultimately, the Leafs GM knows that if his team is going to finally return to the playoffs, he would rather have the experience of the veteran Luongo as opposed to an unproven young goalie.

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