Roberto Luongo to Panthers highlights flurry of NHL trades
Roberto Luongo is heading back to Florida.
The veteran goalie, who played with the Panthers from 2000 06, has been traded by the Vancouver Canucks back to the Sunshine State in a shocking deal Tuesday. The Canucks will receive young goalie Jacob Markstrom and centre Shawn Matthias as part of the return.
Two summers ago, Gillis wanted to move Luongo. But because the asking price of the Canucks GM was too high, the market dried up, leaving Gillis dealing Cory Schneider to New Jersey for a first round pick last summer.
That left Luongo to stay with a team that pretty much had previously declared in public months earlier that he wasn in their plans anymore.
If that wasn enough of a blow to Luongo, the No. 2 goalie for the gold medal winning Canadian Olympic team in Sochi, he was passed over in favour of Lack by coach John Tortorella to start the Heritage Classic at BC Place against the Ottawa Senators Sunday.
It was a humiliating way to treat Luongo. Just ask the Vancouver fans, who heckled Lack and chanted “Looo” all afternoon.
“Louie pissed,” Tortorella revealed after his team 4 2 loss. “He not happy. He proud. I get that.”
Luongo didn deserve to be in another goalie controversy.
There were a number of other deals pulled of Tuesday.
The Anaheim Ducks, who entered the day with the most points of any NHL team, were front and centre, sending Dustin Penner to the Capitals and Niclas Fasth to the Oilers while acquiring veteran blueliner Stephane Robidas from the Dallas Stars.
## ## The deals reportedly opened up $1.6 million US of cap space for the Ducks, which could mean that the likes of Thomas Vanek or Matt Moulson could be on their radar.
In Edmonton, the Oilers picked up Fasth for a 2014 fifth round draft pick and a 2015 third round draft pick. Shortly afterward, they shipped goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to the Wild, meaning Fasth and Ben Scrivens will handle the team duties between the pipes.
Scrivens was inked to a two year deal Monday after being picked up in a deal with the Los Angeles Kings back in January.
Fasth, 31, came over from his native Sweden in 2013 and posted a 15 6 2 record for the Ducks, a stint that included a .921 save percentage, 2.18 goals against average and four shutouts. But he has played just five games this season, dropped to third on the depth chart behind starter Jonas Hiller and backup Frederik Andersen.