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19:42  20 june  2019
19:42  20 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Florida Panthers have been linked to Sergei Bobrovsky since he made his intention to hit free agency known, but with Roberto Luongo and James Reimer still under contract it Recently a report surfaced that the Panthers are trying to find a trade for Reimer, but Luongo ’s future still was unclear.

Roberto Luongo won 227 games during his 20s. “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. Luongo still has three years left on his contract and hasn’t given any indication that he’s looking at Saturday night

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After 19 seasons in the NHL, Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo has a decision to make: return for a 20th season or call it a career and hang up the skates.

This past season, Luongo started 40 games for Florida, going 18-16-5 and registering a 3.12 GAA and .899 save percentage, a significant decline from the previous year where his numbers (2.47 GAA, .929 save percentage) ranked fourth-best in the league among qualified goaltenders who played at least 28 games.

According to TSN's Frank Servalli, Luongo could choose to either play, start the season on the long-term injured reserve or ultimately retire. A lot of this, of course, rides on whether or not Luongo feels healthy enough to continue his career.

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Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo has not yet made a decision on his plans beyond this season, notes George Richards of The Athletic (subscription required). He plans to sit down with the team at the end of the year to discuss his future . The veteran has battled through another injury-plagued season

Get the latest updated stats for Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo on ESPN.com. Roberto Luongo . #1 G. 6' 3", 217 lbs. Florida Panthers . BornApr 4, 1979 in Montreal, Quebec.

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Over the last few seasons, the former Vancouver Canucks captain has struggled with multiple injuries to his hand, groin and hip. The injury to the hip in particular has lingered and had the largest impact on Luongo this year.

The Canucks signed Luongo to a 12-year, $64 million contract in 2010 and ultimately dealt him to Florida at the 2014 trade deadline for Jakob Markstrom, Shawn Matthias and AHL forward Steven Anthony. Additionally, Vancouver retained 15 percent of his salary.

If Luongo were to retire, the Panthers would be relieved of $4.53 million in cap space, while Vancouver would save $800,000. Florida is expected to make moves and is rumored to be interested in signing Artemi Panarin, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent and will surely require a big pay raise.

Roberto Luongo retires after 19 NHL seasons

Roberto Luongo retires after 19 NHL seasons He's also one of only three goalies to have played 1,000 games in the NHL. He won a Jennings Trophy and was three-time finalist for the Vezina Trophy (2004, 2007, 2011), a finalist for the Hart Trophy (2007) and was a finalist for the Bill Masterton Trophy (2018). More to come… ———— Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Panthers claim Antti Niemi off waivers after placing Roberto Luongo on IR. New, 1 comment. Florida is taking a shot on Niemi to help shore up its Florida needed goaltending depth after placing starting netminder Roberto Luongo on injured reserve over the weekend due to a right hand injury.

When Roberto Luongo was a kid he was shy, really shy. “The worst,” he says. He had four or five Before he gave the speech Luongo sat in the darkness on the Panthers bench as a tribute video to I had some tough times, as we all know, but I think those really helped me to grow as a person, mostly

The Panthers have approximately $20 million in cap space, but beyond potentially inking Panarin to a long-term deal, they'd have to sign a new starting goaltender if Luongo does retire. Florida could also look to do more to bolster its roster as it attempts to get back to playoff form. Not to mention they'll eventually have to sign Evgenii Dadonov and a number of other free agents to extensions in the coming seasons, so having that extra cap space to work with would prove beneficial.

The 40-year-old's resume speaks for itself: 1,044 NHL games played with a career 2.52 GAA and .919 save percentage. Luongo also passed Ed Belfour this year for third place on the all-time wins list with 489 victories, trailing only Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur.

Regardless of whether or not Luongo retires, he leaves behind an indelible legacy.

Bobrovsky says he came to Florida to win the Stanley Cup.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Sergei Bobrovsky already has two Vezina Trophies, the award handed out at the end of each season to the NHL's top goaltender. He's not looking for a third. For the Florida Panthers' new goalie, only one trophy matters now. Bobrovsky and Florida's three other free agent signings - defenseman Anton Stralman, and forwards Brett Connolly and Noel Acciari - put on their new Panthers sweaters for the first time Tuesday in their official introduction to South Florida. When they're back to begin training camp in just over two months, the Stanley Cup will be the singular goal for the long-struggling Panthers.

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