Roberto Luongo Traded Back To FloridaBy: Emily Greene - March 6, 2014
Fans of Roberto Luongo are going to have to buy a different jersey soon, or at least bring out the one they had from years ago.
The Vancouver Canucks traded Luongo to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Luongo previously played for the Panthers from 2000 – 2006 before he was traded to the Canucks, where he has been ever since. Until Tuesday that is.
Goaltender Luongo, along with forward Steven Anthony were traded to the Panthers. In return the Panthers traded goaltender Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias to the Canucks.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said, ”We’re getting a great goaltender, a proven commodity. Jacob has got great upside but we needed to make a statement and Luongo’s numbers are terrific. He’s already been in this community and is a very popular figure in the South Florida area. And I just like what he brings to the table, giving us stability and his experience and a chance for us to win. You have to pay the price to get guys like this.”
When the Luongo trade was made many wondered how Luongo would fit in with goalie Tim Thomas. On Tuesday Thomas said, ”I don’t know what their plans are. I don’t really know anything at this point. I’ve got to see the situation and see what they’re thinking.”
It seemed to be an interesting combination since Thomas was the goalie when the Boston Bruins beat Luongo and the Canucks in 2011 in the Stanley Cup finals. And many on Twitter took notice of the possible “dream team.”
But alas, Luongo and Thomas will not play together. The Panthers traded Thomas to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.
An account for “Happy Gilmore” poked fun at who the Canucks would get to replace Luongo. If Goldberg is available, this could be a difficult choice for the Canucks.
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