Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/26/05 at 09:45 AM ET
Less than an hour after the arbitrator's decision came down Thursday, Gilles Lupien, agent for Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, said everybody should ask the Panthers, ``What did you win?'' Good question -- for both sides. The Panthers won on the numbers, getting Luongo at $3.2 million for this year, an amount much closer to what they wanted than to what he wanted. In the process, they needlessly two-handed The Franchise, a guy who was found home and marital happiness in South Florida while maturing into one of the best goalies in the world. He's the face of the Panthers off the ice, the backbone of the Panthers on it and takes both roles willingly. Now, they could easily lose Luongo after two years. Luongo won the freedom to play Free Agency Lotto after the 2006-07 season. In the process, he lost a bucketload of guaranteed money, $25 million over five seasons, and stability. A pity that all this could've been avoided.
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