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Roberto Luongo Announces His Retirement

from Roberto Luongo at FloridaPanthers.com,

There's a lot I want to say.

This is one of the toughest decisions I've faced in my life and it took me a long time to make it.

After thinking about it a lot over the past two months and listening to my body, I made up my mind. It just feels like the right time for me to step away from the game.

I love the game so much, but the commitment I required to prepare, to keep my body ready, has become overwhelming. Since I had my hip surgery a couple of years ago, I've been showing up two hours before every practice and three hours before every game to work out my hip. Even at night, whether it was the night before a game or even a night off, there I was rolling out, doing strengthening exercises. My entire life revolved around recovery, strengthening and making sure I was ready to go the next day.

I was willing to make that sacrifice because I love the game, I love being part of it, being in the action and competing with my teammates. I was willing to go through it all for my love of hockey.

After this season ended and I had an opportunity to step away, I started thinking about things.

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A look at his career is below.

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What Happens If Roberto Luongo Retires?

 

 

added 6:08pm, See below for the penaly numbers...

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This Is The Summer Of The Florida Panthers

from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald,

“This is our summer,” said Tallon, his GM powers long since fully restored. “This has taken lots of fertilizer and lots of seed, but it’s building to a crescendo.”

The Panthers struck gold in April in landing Joel Quenneville, the second-winningest coach in NHL history and a three-time champion with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He is this club’s Don Shula, its Pat Riley. Within three days of his hiring the Cats saw a spike of more than $500,000 in ticket sales.

“Our players are going to be in for — I don’t want to say rude awakening, but they better be ready,” Tallon said of the man they call Coach Q. “He’s not going to put up with any crap.”

In addition to the massive upgrade in coaching, Florida will have 26 picks in the next three drafts, having added five extra picks through shrewd trades that also saved at least $15 million in salary-cap space. The Cats are expected to think defense first with the 13th overall selection next Thursday, with Philip Broberg from Sweden a popular mock-draft pick for Florida.

Then comes free agency starting July 1, and the Panthers plan to be active “and aggressive in pursuing the top guys,” said Tallon, who has more than $20 million to spend on a couple of premier free agents or perhaps a handful of less expensive ones.

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Hockey Is Relevant In South Florida

from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald,

Hockey is back in South Florida. The Florida Panthers are a player in this market again. The team is instantly relevant again. Playoffs? A franchise that has rarely been in them in its history is now thinking higher — Stanley Cup high.

All of that became true Monday because the Cats introduced as their new coach the most accomplished man and proven winner in his profession to join a local team since the Heat got Pat Riley in 1995.

Joel Quenneville — they call him Q — is that big in NHL circles, a three-time champion as a head coach, and the second-winningest coach in the sport’s history. It may not be a household name outside of hockey, but in it he is of a Bill Belichick-type stature.

It cannot be overstated how the Panthers have hit the lottery here, and what’s refreshing is, there were no attempts to modestly downplay anything about the magnitude of this get. After a parade of 15 previous coaches in 25 seasons, Florida finally has found its answer....

It was suggested to Tallon that he’d just found his Riley, or his Don Shula.

“Exactly,” he said, smiling.

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Afternoon Line- Elliotte Friedman

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Bob Boughner Done In Florida

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The Future Of Roberto Luongo

from the CP at TSN,

Roberto Luongo won 227 games during his 20s. He won 262 more games during his 30s.

And now, his 40s await.

Florida's veteran goalie — the oldest netminder and third-oldest player to appear in the NHL this season — will celebrate his milestone 40th birthday on Thursday. He's tentatively scheduled to start the Panthers' season-finale on Saturday night. Then it'll be time for Luongo to begin his rite of spring: figuring out whether to keep playing.

"I don't really want to make any decisions over the course of a season," said Luongo, who would be the 20th goalie to play an NHL game as a 40something. "Obviously, there's a lot of emotions involved with that and you want to make sure that you make the right decision for all parties involved. I still love to play the game, and we'll see where it goes."

Luongo still has three years left on his contract and hasn't given any indication that he's looking at Saturday night as a farewell. He led the Panthers' goaltender corps in starts and minutes this season — even after injuring a knee on opening night and missing a month, then being sidelined again a few weeks later with an aggravation of the same problem.

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Video- MacKenzie Weggar Drops Paul Byron

Paul Byron out with an upper-body injury.

 

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A Four Goal Night For John Tavares

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Were John Tavares to stop right here, he would have a top-10 season in Toronto Maple Leafs history for goals and a top-25 campaign for points.

Fortunately he doesn’t have to.

There are still six games left to chase an even loftier position in the record book of his childhood team.

For Tavares’s next trick, how does a late charge at a 50-goal season sound? It’s suddenly possible after a career-best four-goal game against the Florida Panthers on Monday, the kind of night where he went hard to the net like always and got rewarded again and again.

He’s now up to 45 goals, and in need of a surging finish to become Toronto’s first 50-goal man since Dave Andreychuk in 1993-94. It’s not likely, but it’s not impossible either.

“If you get there, it would be great,” Tavares said after a 7-5 win. “It just means you’re helping the team out and contributing consistently. Obviously it’s a significant number in our league for many reasons.”

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Videos- What You May Have Missed Last Night

Milan Lucic receved a major for a cross-check and a game misconduct.  The Blues say Oskar Sundqvist should be fine.

 

 

Below, Mike Hoffman with a stick toss to prevent a Radulov empty net goal.

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