NHL Rumors: Latest Buzz Around Toronto Goalie Situation and Phoenix Franchise

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2013

TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 4:  James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs takes a breather in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on February 4, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Hurricanes defeated the Leafs 4-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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NHL teams have yet to even play 15 games this season and rumors are already buzzing around the lockout-shortened league.

From trade rumors, to injury updates to the ownership of franchises, the NHL has it all this season.

Let's delve into a couple of rumors making headlines lately.


Maple Leafs Seeking Goalie

Following the injury to goaltender James Reimer, the Toronto Maple Leafs could be looking to make a move for a netminder.

According to Fox News, Reimer will be sidelined for a week due to a strained knee ligament. Meanwhile, Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star suggests Toronto could be seeking a replacement.

The pressure will be on new GM Dave Nonis to find some goaltending help if Reimer’s injury drags on. The short-term answer is obviously one of the two goalies with the AHL Marlies, Jussi Rynnas and Mark Owuya.

Another name that comes up is Roberto Luongo, the highly paid Vancouver Canuck who is now the backup to Cory Schneider. Luongo has been long linked to a trade with Toronto, but the Leafs have balked at the asking price of Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and a draft pick.

It doesn't make a lot of sense for the Maple Leafs to go out and ink a new goalie if Reimer is only going to be out for a week.

Toronto currently sits at second in the Northeast Division with 16 points, making it the fourth-best team in the Eastern Conference.

McGran suggests that Toronto's front office may not be sold on Reimer being the goalie of the future.

If that's the case, then looking for a new goalie may be the right choice, but the odds of finding the goalkeeper of the future sitting on the bench of another NHL team are pretty slim.



The Future of the Phoenix Organization

According to The Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Coyotes could soon be under new ownership.

Anthony LeBlanc and Matthew Hulsizer were unsuccessful in their first attempt to buy the team, but the second time may be the charm for the tandem that already has a plan for the club:

Their intent would be to keep the team in Glendale, which would be a blow to possible suitors in Seattle, Quebec and elsewhere who hope to lure a National Hockey League team.

Former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison had until Jan. 31 to purchase the Coyotes franchise from the NHL, but when he failed to meet the deadline, it opened the way for LeBlanc and Hulsizer to move in.

As I mentioned earlier, this isn't the first time these two tried to purchase the team.

LeBlanc and a group of investors failed to come up with $170 million to purchase the club from the NHL earlier, but the marketing professional has said that money won't be an issue this time around.

This is a deal that would surely please Coyotes fans.


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