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Roberto Luongo’s Sweater Will Go To The Rafters In South Florida

from NHL.com,

Roberto Luongo will be the first player to have his number retired by the Florida Panthers when they raise his No. 1 before their game against the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center on March 7, 2020.

The 40-year-old retired after a 20-year career in the NHL on June 26. He is second in NHL history in games played by a goalie (1,044), third in wins (489) and ninth in shutouts (77). He is one of three goalies in NHL history to have played 1,000 games.

"I want to thank the entire Panthers organization for this incredible recognition," Luongo told the Panthers website. "It's quite an honor to be the first player to have his number retired by the Panthers. I'm truly looking forward to sharing this special night with my friends, family, teammates and the Panthers fans."

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Is he first in loses as well???

No disrespect but I’d take Ozzy any day in the playoffs.

Posted by SevensForTed on 08/12/19 at 10:28 AM ET

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Is he first in loses as well???

No disrespect but I’d take Ozzy any day in the playoffs.

Posted by SevensForTed on 08/12/19 at 10:28 AM ET

That’s a bit unfair.  In his prime Luongo would face 50 shots a night, stop 48 of them, and his team still lose 2-1 in regulation.  I can’t even fathom what Luongo in his prime would have done on an actual good team with any support whatsoever.  He’s similar to Hasek in that regard, the Sabres were so unbelievably bad for most of his tenure that when they finally even got kinda’ mediocre finally he carried them to a Cup Final.

Posted by Primis on 08/12/19 at 11:16 AM ET

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Feels like a stretch.  I liked him a lot as a person and as a goalie…but I wouldn’t consider his jersey to be worthy of retirement…especially on a team he played 5.5 years with at the tail end of his career.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/12/19 at 11:44 AM ET

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Posted by SevensForTed on 08/12/19 at 10:28 AM ET

Roberto Luongo has the second-most regular season losses of any goaltender.

Incidentally, Martin Brodeur has the most regular season losses of any goaltender. And also, Wayne Gretzky was on the ice for more goals against than any other skater in NHL history. (Yzerman is tied for 10th on this list. Lidstrom is 13th.)

Point being, the fact that Luongo is second all-time in losses actually supports the argument that he was a great goaltender, not a poor one. A poor goaltender wouldn’t have had the opportunity to lose (or win) so many games. He would have washed out of the league.

When you look at Luongo’s statistical record, it’s pretty clear he easily has Hall of Fame credentials, and probably got jobbed out of at least one and probably two Vezina trophies in the early 00s (thanks, Brodeur). And his career playoff save percentage (.918) is basically identical to his regular season one (.919).

It’s funny how much importance people will place on winning, especially for goaltenders. Luongo was consistently excellent almost his entire career. He spent most of it with bad teams, and the short while he played for a great team they didn’t get it done. It happens. It blows my mind that a guy who played 1000+ NHL games can have his entire legacy hinge on his team winning or losing one extra game in the spring of 2011.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 08/12/19 at 11:56 AM ET

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especially on a team he played 5.5 years with at the tail end of his career.

You do realize he played half his career in Florida, right?  The past 5.5 years was his second stint in Florida.  He was the face of the franchise in the early 2000s.  Look at his save percentage during his first stint.  The guy was easily one of the top goalies in the league playing for a cellar dwelling team.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 08/12/19 at 11:56 AM ET

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You do realize he played half his career in Florida, right?

Fair, and admittedly overlooked by me.  He was usually in the top 10-ish or so for SV% and top 15-ish for GAA those first few years with FLA when you filter out other goalies who played less than 30 games.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/12/19 at 12:03 PM ET

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Fair, and admittedly overlooked by me.  He was usually in the top 10-ish or so for SV% and top 15-ish for GAA those first few years with FLA when you filter out other goalies who played less than 30 games.

Yeah.  Always been a fan of his, even when he played for the Canucks (even though I hated that team).  Hell of a goalie and an even better person, I think.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 08/12/19 at 01:05 PM ET

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I just think Jersey retirement should be special.  This is a guy that never won any awards outside of the Jennings- never had any playoff success with the panthers- never did better than a second team all Star nod and only played parts of ten seasons for an organization from which he arguably was never even a top three goalie in the league.  I’m not saying his save percentage wasn’t good but he never stole a series for the panthers or brought them glory which is reflected in the numbers raised to the rafters.  It’s not just the panthers- other teams have raised jerseys in the last few years that were more PR than warranted. In my opinion anyway.

Posted by SevensForTed on 08/12/19 at 04:52 PM ET

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He is one of the best goaltenders of all-time and spent most of his career with this team. He was the face of the franchise. He is incredibly deserving and it’s pretty absurd that some of you are saying otherwise. He’s definitely the most impactful player the Panthers have ever had. The guy was good every single year no matter how bad his team was. This has nothing to do with the Wings or Osgood.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 08/12/19 at 11:48 PM ET

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I just think Jersey retirement should be special.

You say that like the Panthers have retired a bunch of jerseys all willy-nilly in the past.

This is the franchise’s best goalie, a player who was the face of the franchise twice and owns most of the goaltending records for the franchise.

Sure, he hasn’t won any awards the are subjectively voted on by the media, but what does that matter in the context of his importance to the franchise.

I agree with you, a jersey retirement SHOULD be special. I just don’t see how you can think this ISN’T special.

It’s not just the panthers- other teams have raised jerseys in the last few years that were more PR than warranted.

You seem to think there’s ever been a jersey retirement that wasn’t entirely driven by PR?

Adorable.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/13/19 at 02:59 PM ET

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I think this needs to be put into perspective. This is the Florida Panthers with very little history/success to use as a measuring point. This isn’t an original 6 team that already has numerous things hanging from the rafters.

Luongo was a very good goalie but even more important is the role he played for the Panthers. He embraced playing in South Florida when few players were willing to do it. He was loved by the fans and supported the community. That’s enough to merit jersey retirement IMO. It’s a nice way to honor Luongo.

Posted by evileye on 08/15/19 at 10:33 AM ET

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