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The sweepstakes for Vancouver Canucks goaltender took a shocking turn today, as the Toronto Maple Leafs fired General Manager Brian Burke after four years with the team. Dave Nonis will take over as General Manager. There has been some speculation that this move is due to Burke's interest (or lack thereof) in the Canucks goaltender. Many were expecting Brian Burke to get fired during the summer or after this season, so the timing of this move change is quite strange, with training camp starting in just a few days. Burke's firing seems as if it was because of two things: 1. The Leafs haven't made the playoffs since 2004- before the 2004-05 lockout. 2. Burke did not want to trade for Roberto Luongo. 

Maple Leafs ownership is very interested in bringing Roberto Luongo to Toronto, even with ten years remaining on his 12-year 64-million dollar contract. In their eyes, they believe that Dave Nonis will make the monumental trade for Roberto Luongo that everyone is waiting for. It became known that Luongo was on the trade block after then-backup Cory Schneider was given the starting job during the playoffs last spring. Even though he can be enigmatic at times, and he is signed for ten years, Roberto Luongo has the ability to be an elite goaltender in the NHL. He can help any team that he plays on, as long as his head is in the game. Now, to make things even more interesting, the Philadelphia Flyers have thrown there name into the Luongo sweepstakes.

Yes, the Flyers. The same Flyers that have goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov locked up to a nine-year 51-million dollar contract that he signed in the summer of 2011. After one subpar season from Bryzgalov, it looks as though the Flyers are looking to find a new goaltender. Can you blame them? No, but it will be awfully hard to get rid of him. The Flyers can't keep him and bring in Luongo, because that would be way too expensive. It has to be either Luongo or Bryzgalov, and should they choose Luongo, they are going to have a very hard time moving Bryzgalov and his contract.

Let's remember though, the Canucks will trade Luongo to the team that offers them the most. With training camp starting in a few days, expect the bidding war to heat up really quickly. And there's always a chance that another team could jump into the mix as well. 

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