Did Roberto Luongo give the thumbs down on a potential trade to the Maple Leafs last summer?

So says Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean, who claims Luongo refused to waive his no-trade at the time in the hopes that a deal was in the works that would have reunited him with the Florida Panthers, the team he broke into the NHL with.

According to MacLean, a tentative off-season deal for Luongo was in place at the time between the Leafs and Canucks.

“Luongo, at that particular time, believed that a deal was going to happen in Florida. He really believed a deal was coming through in Florida,” MacLean said Monday. “He was told by somebody close to the Panthers that a deal was going to happen, they were going to find a way and to be patient. Luongo turned down the deal with the Leafs. He would not waive his no-trade (to join) the Leafs, so the deal was off.”

MacLean claims that, had Luongo known the Florida discussions would not pan out, he would have given the green light to head to the Leafs.

Instead, as of Monday evening, he was still a Vancouver Canuck.

The Doctor’s Office

Both F Clarke MacArthur (upper body) and F Leo Komarov (shoulder) took part in practice at the MasterCard Centre on Monday but no timetable for their return was given.

“They are both improving but they have yet to be cleared for contact,” Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said.