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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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How Much Longer For Roberto Luongo?

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Roberto Luongo is on his farewell tour. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Right now, the Florida Panthers goalie said he plans on fulfilling all 12 years of a $64 million contract that won’t expire until 2022. By then, Luongo would be 43 years old. But his age isn’t the biggest challenge in keeping him on the ice.

Rather, it’s the money.

It’s easy to drag your beat-up body to the rink when you’re the eighth highest-paid goalie in the NHL, as Luongo was last year. It becomes slightly more difficult when your salary is cut in half, as it was for him this season. But the real test will come next year when he’s making just $1.618 million — or in the final two years of his deal, when he bottoms out at $1 million per season.

Chances are that he will be retired before then.

Frankly, it’s a bit surprising that he hasn’t already developed the kind of career-ending injury that coincidentally forced Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg out of the game just as their paycheques dried up.

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Video- Too Early To Celebrate Ty Rattie

Big save by Roberto Luongo.

 

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Roberto Luongo May Make His Return In Finland

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

HELSINKI -- Roberto Luongo is inching closer to returning from a knee injury sustained in the Florida Panthers' first game of the season but the goalie is unlikely to play in either of the two games against the Winnipeg Jets at the NHL Global Series.

"I think the plan is for him to … unless there's a complete surprise that I haven't heard yet, but the plan is for him to probably try and play next week when we get home. This is more of a rehab week," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said after practice at Hartwall Arena on Wednesday.

"He does look good. I know his knee feels good. So hopefully we'll hear something in the next few days what his plans are."

After playing the Jets on Thursday (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN3, NHL.TV) and Friday, their next game is against the Edmonton Oilers at BB&T Center on Nov. 8.

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Video- The Florida Panther Honor Roberto Luongo For 1000 Games Played

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Video- Roberto Luongo Injury

The Florid Panthers announced lower-body injury, will not return,

via Sportsnet,

 

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Roberto Luongo Thinking Stanley Cup

from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,

"The only career number I look at is [Stanley] Cups, right?" Luongo told NHL.com at the Panthers practice facility this week. "That's the only one I really want."

Luongo sees that possibility in a talented Panthers team that finished last season strong, going 25-8-2 over the its final 35 games to finish with 96 points, one point short of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Florida, which tied the Winnipeg Jets for the most wins in the NHL over that stretch, since traded for forward Mike Hoffman, who had 56 points (22 goals, 34 assists) for the Ottawa Senators last season and scored at least 22 goals in four straight seasons.

"The way we finished, adding Hoffman, there are a lot of things to be excited about," Luongo said. "I just wish I was five to 10 years younger so I could be here for a while with them, that's the part that is a little bit scary for me. I feel like we are right there and hopefully it will happen in the next couple of years but if it's five or six years down the road, then I don't think I'll be around for that and that's scary."

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Roberto Luongo Out For Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

from Bill Price of NHL.com,

Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo will be out for an "extended period" with a lower-body injury, coach Bob Boughner said Wednesday.

Luongo was injured Monday against the New York Islanders when he made a pad save with his right leg on a slap shot by Ryan Pulock at 2:31 of the second period. Luongo immediately lay on his stomach and then didn't put any weight on his right leg while being helped off by two trainers.

Luongo left with the score tied 1-1 after making 12 saves. James Reimer made 16 saves in relief in a 5-4 shootout loss.

Boughner said he's not sure if Luongo will miss three, four or five weeks. He also said the injury was not related to a previous hip problem.

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Video- Roberto Luongo Suffers A Lower-Body Injury

Needed help to get off the ice.

 

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All Roberto Luongo

from Chuck Gormley at ESPN,

ESPN.com: When you look at the way the game has changed since you arrived in the NHL, in 1999, do you think it was better then or now?

Luongo: It's definitely better now. It's a faster game. Everything is done at high speed. If you look at game tapes from 15 or 20 years ago, the pace was nothing like it is today. You don't just have one or two superstars. There are a lot of players who can play now. A lot of guys have talent and are better conditioned.

The game has evolved a lot, and I've seen it in the goaltending position too. The way I played 15 years ago is not the same as how I play now. It's a position that continues to evolve, and what's important to me is that I develop as the game changes and not be stuck in the way I played back in the day.

ESPN.com: How is your game most different?

Luongo: When I was younger, I was a lot more serious. Now I try to enjoy it more and take it all in....

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Roberto Luongo Out At Least A Week

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

On Thursday, both teams came out hard charging with Luongo making 13 saves before leaving after the first period with what the team said is a “lower body” injury believed to be related to the hip injury which needed surgery following last season.

Luongo alluded to such and injury in an interview with the Miami Herald on Sunday and aggravated it during the first period.

Luongo looked to be in pain as he pulled himself off the ice yet finished the final 5:28 of the first — including killing off Philadelphia’s 5-on-3 chance during that period.

Coach and general manager Tom Rowe said Luongo would be out a week although it could be longer than that.

more on the Panthers shootout loss to the Flyers...

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Afternoon Line- Roberto Luongo

“It has been a battle the last little while. I’m glad we have a guy like Reimer here who is able to step in and do the job.

“Right now I don’t deserve to be playing. That’s the bottom line. For me, everything is about the team and us winning games. James Reimer gives us a better chance to win every night than I am. Until I figure my [game] out this is the way it should go I think.”

-Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers after today's morning skate.  George Richards of the Miami Herald has more from Luongo.

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Morning Line- Roberto Luongo

Brodeur has 691 wins, Luongo reached 448 last night.

 

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Roberto Luongo Now 5th All-Time In Career Wins

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Roberto Luongo had been tied with Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk on the NHL’s all-time win list for almost three weeks.

Monday night, Luongo finally got sole possession of fifth.

Luongo looked terrific as he backstopped the Florida Panthers to a 3-0 win over the host New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

“I wasn’t too worried about it, I just wanted to get some wins,” Luongo said. “Obviously our goal is to make the playoffs and that’s where my focus is — 100 percent. The rest will take care of itself.”

The victory was No. 448 for Luongo — who had not been in the personal win column since Dec. 20 against the visiting Sabres.

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More Injuries For The Florida Panthers

 

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Video- Roberto Luongo Feels The NHL Must Find Another Solution To Increase Scoring

via Sportsnet YouTube channel,

Roberto Luongo tells HC at Noon that he gets upset by the notion that smaller goalie equipment will increase scoring, but instead thinks we have to dig deeper to find a creative solution.

 

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Roberto Luongo On Recovering From Hip Surgery

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

After a month on crutches, Luongo began his rehabilitation and returned to the ice Aug. 5 -- and hasn't come off since.

Although Luongo said if the season started Thursday, he probably wouldn't be able to start, he says he is feeling good and plans to be in net when the Panthers actually do open their season Oct. 13 at BB&T Center against the Devils.

"I'm excited, hopeful to be where I want to be when everything gets going," Luongo said after an informal workout Wednesday morning at the IceDen in Coral Springs.

"I started skating Aug. 5 and there has been slow progression but we've ramped it up here the past week or so and it has been good.

"I'm not 100 percent; it's a five month rehab. But I'm feeling better than I thought I would. I thought it would be a slower progression, especially on the ice. It has gone fairly quickly and I'm happy about that. If the season were to start tomorrow, I probably wouldn't be able to go. But I feel good where I'm at and I'm excited about it."

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Roberto Luongo Still Has Game

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the more intriguing signings of the off-season was that of goaltender James Reimer by the Florida Panthers.

The move makes a lot of sense for both parties involved. For Reimer, he’s got a very real long-term opportunity at leading a team and seeing significant ice-time – something that has been hit-or-miss through the earlier parts of his career. For Florida, they have now an easy, smooth transition in the crease. Current starter Roberto Luongo is now 37-years of age, and at some point, the Panthers needed to start hedging against age and mileage degradation. To that end, Reimer is a fantastic bet. 

The curious part of this goaltending dynamic is really in the short-term. The logical solution is to create a 1A/1B scenario in Florida, where Luongo and Reimer will shoulder an equitable share in net. This will alleviate some of the workload for the older Luongo and provide real shot-stopping competency in the 30-or-40 games that Reimer does work the crease.

There is an interesting wrinkle, however; Luongo’s performance isn’t diminishing. In fact, he seems to be enjoying a late-career renaissance period that we have really only seen from a handful of players. Whereas most players at this stage of their careers are hanging on by a thread, Luongo’s trekking on the path blazed by Jaromir Jagr – excellence that’s superseded with each passing year despite every reason to be hesitant about his game heading south.

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Afternoon Line- Roberto Luongo

 "I'm happy that things have worked out. And I feel like this team is just beginning to see the potential that we can have. That's exciting for me. Sometimes I wish I was five years younger and had a bit more time. I want to be part of it as long as I can."

-Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers.  Much more on Luongo from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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All Roberto Luongo

from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,

Your playing style has evolved a lot over the years. How many versions of you have we seen in net?

I would say three or four. There are always new techniques coming out that can improve performance. I try to stay on top of that and if I find that something new might be helpful, I’ll try it out. Especially now that I’m a bit older, you can’t just rely on being athletic and sliding around all over the place. [Laughs.] You gotta save some energy, you know?

Wait—are you saying that now that you’re older, you’re not athletic?

No, I am. I just can’t be all the time. Only in desperate measures can you rely on that stuff.

You’re playing really well. Did you expect this at 36? Not that 36 is old…

[Laughs.] Yeah, exactly. I feel pretty good about my play. You always feel like you could be better. But you know what? The team is playing so well in front of me, it makes me look good. When that happens, the confidence grows and you feel like you play better. Numbers-wise it’s one of the best seasons I’ve had.

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Video- Late Night With Roberto Luongo

via Sportsnet,

The ever entertaining Roberto Luongo sat down with Chris Simpson to talk about the ageless wonder that is Jaromir Jagr, his own veteran status and the Kevin Spacey sweatshirt.

 

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All Roberto Luongo

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And has the return to South Florida been what you imagined? Can you, in fact, go home again?

Luongo: You know, it's been great. It's tough to make a full assessment on it because the main reason I came back here was to bring the team back to the playoffs and be a contender. One of the reasons that I did come back is (agent Pat Brisson) made sure before he said it was OK for me to go back here (that) we wanted to make sure ownership was on board with bringing a winning team.

Obviously, the young talent was here, but sometimes you've got to add veteran pieces, and (I) wanted to make sure ownership was on board with that stuff. Once Pat had the green light, I think it was great. Right now, we're sitting in first place. You can feel that it's right there, we've just got to go get it.

Did you wonder if you could deliver on his end of the bargain in helping elevate the Panthers to relevance in South Florida?

Luongo: Not really. It crosses your mind sometimes. It's weird, because now I'm 36. Something weird's happening where you're, like, thinking, 'How many years do I have left?' You think that all the time. It's something I think about a lot. Because you don't know, right? I'd love to play til I'm )Jagr's) age, but who knows? There's so many things in between, so it's something that I think about a lot. Probably more than I should. I don't know if that's good or bad. Maybe it's a good thing, it makes me more aware.

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Afternoon Line- Roberto Luongo

“I did a lot of growing up in Van. Unfortunately, when I figured it out it was a little too late for me there,. I just look at things differently now. I keep it in mind that I’m playing the game that I love, and I’m going to enjoy these moments. I don’t think about the stuff surrounding me that sometimes can become distractions.”

-Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers.  More on Luongo from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

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‘Around the League’: Jagr, Luongo make history

From NHL.com's "Around the League" notebook:

LUONGO, JAGR CLIMB RECORD BOOKS IN PANTHERS WIN

Roberto Luongo made 24 saves and Jaromir Jagr (2-1—3) factored on all three Florida Panthers goals to help them improve to 11-1-2 in their past 14 games against the Sabres dating to March 17, 2012 (BUF: 3-8-3).

* Luongo won his 403rd game, tying Grant Fuhr for ninth place on the NHL all-time wins list. Glenn Hall is eighth with 407 wins. Luongo's next game will be his 868th, tying him with Fuhr for ninth in games played among goalies. Luongo is the active leader in games played, wins and shutouts (68).

* Jagr, who has 4-2—6 in four games this season, had his 124th career NHL multi-goal game and second of the season; his other was Oct. 10 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Elias says Jagr had at least three points in a game for the 192nd time in his NHL career. Only three players have more three-point games: Wayne Gretzky (459), Mario Lemieux (272) and Marcel Dionne (202).

* Overall, Jagr (726-1,082—1,808 in 1,554 GP) is five goals shy of matching Dionne (731) for the fourth-most goals in NHL history.

* Jagr had two of his points while on the man-advantage (1-1—2). His 205th power-play goal propelled him past Gretzky (204 PPG) and into a tie with Joe Sakic for 13th in NHL history. With 587 power-play points, Jagr also moved within one point of tying Teemu Selanne (588) for third all-time in power-play points.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Goes To Roberto Luongo

Maybe Luongo was just toying with the Ducks, Florida won 6-2.

 

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Videos- A Great Night For Roberto Luongo

First up is the tribute video for Roberto Luongo by the Vancouver Canucks...

 

 

Luongo was also name the first star of the game and the Vancouver fans react accordingly...

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The Vancouver Canucks Will Pay Tribute To Roberto Luongo Tonight

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

“I think it’s going to be emotional,” Luongo said on Wednesday shortly after the Florida Panthers practice. “I’m flattered they’d do that. I told (the organization) it wasn’t necessary but I’m happy there’s some sort of recognition. I think it’s good for both sides.”

Especially if it’s shorter than Ben Hur.

As Luongo suggests, the Canucks-Panthers encounter will be emotionally charged for all parties involved, and it’s fitting the organization has chosen to recognize his importance to the franchise and this province. But, really, how do you sum up Luongo’s Canucks career with one short video? How do you capture all the twists and turns, the high drama and low comedy, that took place here? Obviously, whoever put the tribute together will have to paint with some very broad strokes or the fans will be in their seats until 1 a.m.

But whatever they come up with, you know it won’t tell the whole story of Luongo’s career with the Canucks because, well, we’re just not sure if that’s possible.

It’s been 10 months since the former face of the franchise was dealt to the Panthers, and this week he returned, bringing with him all those delicious storylines for one final review.

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Roberto Luongo Returns To Vancouver

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Following Florida’s 4-3 loss to the host Capitals on Sunday afternoon, Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo faced a media contingent he could count on one hand.

He won’t have such a quaint gathering Tuesday in Vancouver.

Luongo is expected to get the royal treatment when the Panthers practice at Rogers Arena – the arena the Florida goalie called home for eight years.

“We’ll probably do a press conference,” Luongo said with a grin. “Do it up big.”

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Video- When Stars Collide, Ovechkin/Luongo

via Craig Davis of the Sun-Sentinel,

Gallant felt that Ovechkin was a bit too physical when he slammed into Luongo as both converged on a loose puck in the Panthers' zone.

"Definitely thought so. I don't think he meant to hit Roberto, but … [Luongo] played the puck first and a second later he gets hit. I mean, they always say you've got to avoid the goaltender at all costs," Gallant said. "I said it's not intentional, but I think it's got to be a penalty."

Luongo said: "It was close. We kind of got there almost at the same time. I'm sure it was tough for him to get out of the way there. Maybe I hesitated a little bit coming out of the net at first, and that's why I got there at the last second."

Luongo was pulled later in the game as an upper-body precaution, here is the collision...

 

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Intriguing observations from the ‘Hockey World’ and ‘Three Periods’

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column is a good read, discussing the post-firing life of coaches who rebounded in their own ways in Tom Renney and Rick Bowness, but his "Short Shifts" are probably more pertinent:

- St. Louis Blues phenom Vladimir Tarasenko, who just turned 23, has 20 goals on the year, but he might have scored 30 if he had shot more. He’s got 113 shots but that only puts him seventh behind Ovechkin, Karlsson, Seguin, Giroux, Pavelski and Pacioretty. “He could be more selfish,” said an NHL pro scout, marvelling at the Russian youngster’s release. Tarasenko, who may get to the $5-million to $6-million per season range in a new contract this summer, has 16 even-strength goals, second only to Tyler Seguin’s 17. “Twenty goals before Christmas? That’s special,” said teammate Steve Ott.

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- If Vincent Lecavalier is playing right wing with Zac Rinaldo and French rookie Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in Philly, this is the end of the line for him, no?

- It should be noted that Roberto Luongo has a much better (2.35) goals-against average and way higher (.925) save percentage than Ryan Miller (.267) and .900 in Vancouver right now, but Miller has 16 wins. His team gives him way more run support than Luongo’s (11 wins) in Florida. Miller’s numbers are five-alarm stuff, but he is in the first year of a three-year, $18-million deal and he’s 34, not, say, 28.

This is probably true of more general managers (and coaches) than not, too:

-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is almost always around his team, home and away, but he knows exactly what’s going on with his farm team and their prospects. “He gets tapes of the games and the practices,” said former Devils defenceman Mark Fayne.

Matheson continues, and while we're doing short quips and quotes, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned a superb "Three Periods" column discussing the Blue Jackets' resurgence and Patrik Elias' pluck, but the "Third Period" sticks:

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Video- Roberto Luongo With A Mask Save

Best part of the video is when the camera zooms on the face of Roberto Luongo near the end.  Great job!

 

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At least the Florida Panthers are honest about their attendance issues? I think?

As the Hockey News's Adam Proteau pointed out, the Florida Panthers' relatively new owners are well aware of the fact that they're skating uphill in terms of increasing their team's attendance...

But when you see pictures like this from the Panthers's home-opening 1-0 loss to Ottawa, whose announced attendance was 7,311, you think, "Woah"--before remembering that this is kind of normal when the Panthers aren't playing a team that draws the snowbirds in:

Roberto Luongo shrugged it off while speaking to the Miami Herald's George Richards...

The announced crowd of 7,311 was lowest in franchise history, beating the 10,063 from a Halloween game against Carolina in 2007. Capacity at the building, which opened in 1998, is 19,250.

“I don’t pay attention to that stuff when I’m playing, I just focus on my job,’’ goalie Roberto Luongo, who made 22 saves, said afterward. “If we want to get some people in the stands, we need to start winning some games.’’

But the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov reported that Panthers fans are embarrased about their team's attendance woes, too:

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Florida Panthers hope to be more than ‘paper tigers’

The Florida Panthers nearly stole the spotlight away from the Wings and Leafs during HBO's 24/7 series, and of the Atlantic Division's non-playoff teams I'd argue that the franchise may be a Phoenix Coyotes East off the ice (their financial situation is quite the mess), but on the ice, the Panthers have the greatest chance of serving as not only a playoff spoiler for their Eastern Conference opponents, but also a potential playoff-qualifying team.

NHL.com's "30 in 30" series profiles the Pantehrs today, and they note that Dale Tallon was predictably aggressive in improving the Panthers' roster over the past half-year, trading for Roberto Luongo and signing Jussi Jokinen, Willie Mitchell and another former Blackhawk (the Panthers have more than a few players from Tallon's previous employer's team) in David Bolland; they note that the Panthers' top prospect, Aaron Ekblad, is probably NHL-ready, and of course the Panthers hired a new coaching staff headlined by Gerard Gallant, too...

And in addition to discussing Ekblad's would-be defensive partners and "5 Questions" that the team faces going into the 14-15 season, NHL.com's Alain Poupart engages in a conversation with Tallon that, let's say involves personnel moves which allow more substantive, "We aren't that far off" talk than what was issued by Saturday's profiled team:

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Video- Roberto Luongo, TSN Intern

Roberto Luongo as the TSN Intern and a cast of thousands also playing themselves.

 

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Video- Radek Dvorak’s Hit On Roberto Luongo

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond at the Miami Herald,

What may have been Radek Dvorak's final NHL game in South Florida didn't last long. Roberto Luongo's night ended early as well.

Dvorak, a rookie on Florida's Stanley Cup Finals team in 1996, was ejected (charging) from Carolina's 3-0 win over the Panthers after colliding with Luongo in the first period. Luongo remained in the game after the hit, one that looked more accidental than anything else, but didn't return for the second period.

Florida goalie coach Robb Tallas said during the second intermission that Luongo took a hard hit and was pulled purely for precautionary measures. Tallas added that he expected Luongo -- who suffered from a sore neck -- to play Saturday against visiting Montreal.

"They held him out for precautionary reasons,'' coach Peter Horachek said. "I'll have a report on Friday.''

continue for more on the game and watch the hit below...

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Afternoon Line

I hope Luongo moving back to Florida doesn’t mean he’ll just be riding off into the sunset. I hope the guy everybody got to know over the last few years continues to make us marvel at his endless work habits and continues to make us laugh via twitter.

The NHL is a far more interesting place with Roberto Luongo in it. Let’s just hope we don’t lose sight of him all the way down in Sunrise.

-Dan Murphy of Sportsnet on Roberto Luongo.  Read more on Luongo from Murphy.

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Roberto Luongo Posts A Shutout In Florida’s 2-0 Win Over Buffalo

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Luongo had a triumphant return with the Panthers as he made 25 saves in Florida's 2-0 win over Buffalo at BB&T Center.

It was Luongo's 66th career shutout and 27th with the Panthers. He had three with Vancouver this season before coming back to Florida in a trade Tuesday afternoon.

"It was nice, a great reception from the start and I thought the boys played extremely well,'' said Luongo, in a Florida sweater for the first time since beating the Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 in overtime in the 2006 season finale.

"We're a really fast team. I was impressed by the speed that we generated. The future is very promising.''

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Late-night trade deadline talk from McKenzie, Dreger and LeBrun

TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger chatted with the NHL Network's Rob Roe on Tuesday evening, and they made some surprising statements.

  • According to both McKenzie and Dreger, John Tortorella's snub of Roberto Luongo in the Heritage Classic did in fact prompt Luongo's agent, Pat Brisson, to ask if he could speak to several NHL teams about moving his client;
  • The gents also claim that the Canucks want to trade Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler independently of the Luongo situation, with Kesler willing to go to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit Anaheim and possibly other teams (but not the Rangers), and that the Canucks will hold out for the best offer, even if that means trading Kesler at another time;
  • The New York Rangers are still considering re-signing Ryan Callahan, signing and trading him or just trading him;
  • The Buffalo Sabres are at least considering moving Matt Moulson, perhaps to Los Angeles, but Calgary's Mike Camalleri is also another "goal-scoring winger" on the market, as might be Chris Stewart, but the Sabres in particular cannot carry any more salary in making trades;
  • The Sabres may consider moving Christian Ehrhoff or Tyler Myers, and the Red Wings may be interested, specifically in Ehrhoff, but the Wings are in a "transition year," so Ken Holland has to decide whether he's willing to bite on the Sabres' price;
  • And regarding Cammalleri, he, Moulson, Ales Hemsky and Thomas Vanek's futures are somewhat intertwined, with Hemsky and Cammalleri serving as the fall-back plans for the teams that don't land Kesler.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also penned a late-evening blog entry updating the Kesler situation, confirming that the Canucks feel no need to "settle" for anything less than their asking price:

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Luongo Traded To Florida

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Evening Line

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Vancouver Canucks lose Roberto Luongo to a ‘lower-body injury’ (groin?)

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker, the Vancouver Canucks lost Roberto Luongo to an unspecified injury during the first period of Sunday's 2-1 win over Winnipeg:

After the game, a John Tortorella team is alwasys tight-lipped about injuries, but the Vancouver Province's Ben Kuzma offered some solid estimations of what the press believes is something more specific than a "lower-body injury":

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Morning Line

"You learn as you grow up, as you go through things, and you learn more from the bad experiences than the good ones. Obviously I went through a lot during that Stanley Cup final with things that happened on the ice and mostly things that happened off the ice. That, plus my situation the last two years when I lost the net ... (humor) helps you cope with things, it helps you get past certain things. At the end of the day, we're playing hockey, we're playing a sport that we love, we're very privileged. When things get tough, you always want to put things into perspective."

-Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks.  Much more on Luongo from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Video- Bad (Bounce) Goal Of The Night

The Canucks did win the game 4-2 over the Sharks.

 

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Luongo Meets The Vancouver Media

from Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks goaltender fired off a tweet from his @strombone1 handle on Thursday, proclaiming “Can’t wait to see all my friends tomorrow! All are welcome!” It featured a picture of himself in the middle of a  media scrum.

Sure enough, 20 or so newspaper, radio, television and blogger types showed up at UBC to get a word with Luongo after an on-ice workout featuring the vast majority of the Canucks....

He was also asked, “Do you to be a Canuck?” He didn’t answer in the direct affirmative. Read into that what you will, but there didn’t seem to be a negative tone to his overall message.

He replied: “I’ve said all along that I want to play. Right now, I have that opportunity. I want to take advantage of that. I want to win some games and go as far as we can and hopefully try to win the Stanley Cup. It’s a big year for me. I’ve been sitting on the bench for awhile and I want to show everybody what I can do. We all know it’s an Olympic year. I want to make the best of it.”

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Enough Of The Luongo Drama

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

There are those who would argue that Luongo is the totally blameless, aggrieved party in this whole sorry mess. And reading into his long period of silence, maybe Luongo was buying into that type of thinking as well, and in his heart of hearts, perhaps he still is.

Yes, he mentally had checked out at the end of the season, and was expecting a trade, and that didn’t happen, and we understand that.

Fair enough, it was tough and very unusual. But couldn’t he have rolled with the punches a little better? Couldn’t he imagine he’d been traded — to Vancouver? After all, with Alain the goaltender roaster gone, there will be a whole new direction to this team, and some new, young faces.

To his credit, even Luongo might finally be realizing that no matter how badly he might be feeling, this diva routine is getting a little embarrassing. As badly as the Canucks management misplayed this affair — and let’s be clear, they wholly miscalculated the goalie market — his response since June has not been as professional as his worshippers would have you believe.

Let’s hope for the sake of all concerned that his previously long-admired professionalism has finally returned, marked with his own words when he said: “I just want to play hockey.”

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Luongo Did Not Get What He Wanted But Will Play-On

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

Will he be a happy camper when he gets back to Vancouver, or will he be playing under protest?

“I don’t think it matters,” the 34-year-old goalie said Sunday at Hockey Canada’s headquarters in Canada Olympic Park, when he was one of five veterans of the 2010 Olympic gold medal team selected to speak to the media at the 2014 orientation camp for prospective members of the Sochi Olympic squad.

“I’m happy to be playing and being a starter, that’s what matters for now, and that’s what I’m focused on. At the end of the day, that’s all you really need, right?”

Call it a lukewarm endorsement.

What a player like Luongo really needed — and didn’t get — was the fulfilment, by the Canucks, of a pledge to give him a fresh start elsewhere after they determined that Cory Schneider was their goaltender of the future.

In this, GM Mike Gillis failed abysmally.

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Last Part Of Luongo Interview With TSN

Roberto Luongo talks Cory Schneider, his Twitter account and a few more topics during his part 3 interview with James Duthie of TSN.

There is also a few bonus interview clips, so start here and look for the additonal clips.

 

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