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Roberto Luongo scratched from start against Flyers with upper-body injury

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Roberto Luongo is 5-6-1 since being traded back to the Panthers this season. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Roberto Luongo is 5-6-1 since being traded back to the Panthers this season. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

By Amy Lilek

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo was a late scratch for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers due to an upper-body injury.

Luongo was scheduled to get the start and he led the Panthers onto the ice for warm-ups, but it was announced he would not play shortly before game time. No more information was given at the time. Luongo was dressed and on the Florida bench as the game got underway.

Luongo sustained an upper-body injury during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 27. He missed three games, but had started the Panthers’ last two games.

Back-up goalie Dan Ellis took Luongo’s place in net.


  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • VIDEO: Panthers’ Roberto Luongo leaves game with upper-body injury’

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    By Mike McMahon

    Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo was forced to leave Thursday’s game against the Carolina after Hurricanes winger Radek Dvorak barreled into him.

    Luongo finished the period but did not return. Dan Ellis took over net duties for the Panthers the rest of the way.

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  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • Miller, Luongo among players making immediate impact with new teams

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    David Legwand's start with the Detroit Red Wings has been a roller coaster ride. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    David Legwand’s start with the Detroit Red Wings has been a roller coaster ride. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Amy Lilek

    The dust has settled from the NHL trade deadline and now it’s time for teams to get down to business as the playoffs approach. But first, let’s take a look at some of the more notable traded players in their fresh starts with their new teams.
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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Tim Thomas makes tire-pumping joke about new teammate Roberto Luongo

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    By Nick Stoico

    After losing 4-1 to the Bruins Tuesday night, Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas was asked about his newest teammate, Roberto Luongo, who was dealt from the Vancouver Canucks earlier on Tuesday.

    “It looked like [Panthers GM] Dale Tallon went kicking some tires and found one that needed pumping,” Thomas said.

    Thomas said that he did not come up with the comment, but seemed rather proud of the little joke after telling it to the media.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • Vancouver trades disgruntled goalie Roberto Luongo to Florida Panthers

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    Eddie Lack and Roberto Luongo

    Lack of experience: The Canucks now turn to unproven Eddie Lack (left) as Roberto Luongo departs. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    After an 18-month goaltending drama highlighted by trade demands, parody videos, emotionally charged press conferences and a rowdy, chanting crowd at the Heritage Classic, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis chose to hand his team’s net over to … Eddie Lack?

    Somehow the unheralded Swedish prospect finds himself the undisputed No. 1 keeper in Vancouver after a stunning trade on Thursday that sent long-time starter Roberto Luongo to Florida, where, deliciously, he’ll be partnered with 2011 Stanley Cup rival Tim Thomas.

    The Canucks also tossed minor league forward Steven Anthony into the package and will receive goaltending prospect Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias in return. The Canucks will also pick up 15 percent of Luongo’s tab.

    That’s not exactly the sort of bountiful haul that will push Vancouver’s much-needed rebuild forward — Markstrom is 24 and has failed multiple times to seize a job in Florida — but this wasn’t a hockey trade for Gillis. This was about ending a soap opera that had gone on too long, and which had threatened to erupt again after Luongo was benched by coach John Tortorella for last Sunday’s Heritage Classic game.

    And it was about moving an unmovable contract that will count $5.333 million against the cap through the 2021-22 season.

    In those ways Gillis can call himself a winner. Vancouver can move on with Lack — a respectable young netminder — and some cap space which can be put to other uses moving forward.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • Roberto Luongo victimized by one of the worst bounces in history

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    Roberto Luongo is coming off his best opening month in six years and the only thing anyone remembers about his October is the ridiculous own goal he scored on behalf of the Montreal Canadiens.

    One of the worst of all time? Maybe by October’s standards. But here we are just a week into November and he’s somehow managed to top that ignominious moment.

    The first shot he faced tonight against San Jose wasn’t even a shot, really. At least not one that would have counted in the official stats. Joe Thornton dumped it in off the end boards and then watched as it acted like it had a grudge against Luongo, bouncing off the back of the net, rolling up on top and then out in front, falling in the perfect spot for the spinning keeper to knock it in with his glove.

    Just like Thornton worked on it in practice, no doubt.

    Luongo’s going to take a lot of heat for this one, but honestly, there’s no reason to think he could — or should — have played it any differently. This was the definition of a bad bounce. Maybe one of the worst ever.

    It’s gonna be a tough one to live down. And even tougher to top next month.


  • Published On Nov 08, 2013
  • Lightning add to NHL’s own-goal epidemic against Blackhawks

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    By Michael Blinn

    Ah, the own goal. It’s embarrassing enough to accidentally put one into your own net, let alone when you do it in front of a full crowd.

    The NHL has seen quite a few players tally one for the other team, and the trend continued on Thursday when blueliner Matt Carle attempted to pass back to partner Radko Gudas from center ice into the Tampa Bay defensive zone. In what can only be described as a  lightning-quick moment, the puck glanced off of Gudas’ skate and behind goalie Ben Bishop.

    The own goal erased the Bolts’ lead, which they’d only established 40 seconds earlier, tying the game with just 1:49 left to play. While it certainly might not have been the easiest goal of Jonathan Toews’ career, based on how the play developed beforehand, it’s certainly one that will show up on blooper reels throughout the season.

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  • Published On Oct 25, 2013
  • Report: Robert Luongo “blacked out” when hearing of the Schneider trade

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    Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks

    Floored: Roberto Luongo was sure his “divorce” from the Canucks was final, but no. (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It only seems like Roberto Luongo hasn’t stopped talking this summer, what with the constant updates from his Twitter feed about his time at the DMV, his brushes with greatness and his truck being tire-jacked.

    But he’s been dead silent on the stuff that matters most to hockey fans.

    That’s about to change.

    The Canuck’s’ goalie sat down recently with TSN’s James Duthie for his first interview since his world turned upside down when Vancouver traded erstwhile No. 1 Cory Schneider to the Devils last June. And judging by the teases tweeted this afternoon by Duthie, the piece, which airs in two parts — Friday and Saturday, both at 6 p.m. — should be a doozy.

    Among the highlights:

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  • Published On Aug 23, 2013
  • Remembering the moments that defined the 2013 NHL season

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    Nail Yakupov channeled Theo Fleury in his tying goal against the Kings back in January. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    Nail Yakupov channeled Theo Fleury in his tying goal against the Kings back in January. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    I always have the best intentions at the beginning of each season to make a running tab of the moments most worth remembering. And, much like my determination to get back into game shape, it hasn’t happened yet.

    Still, it wasn’t too hard to come up with a list now that we’re at season’s end. The games offered enough highlights–and lowlights–to fill a full-length schedule. Here are my favorites:

    The Yakupov Slide: With the goalie pulled and Edmonton trailing Los Angeles by one back in January, Nail Yakupov crafted the signature moment of his rookie season: batting a Taylor Hall rebound out of midair and putting it behind Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with just 4.7 seconds left on the clock. He took a lot of grief for his spontaneous Theo Fleury impression, but it was a beautiful tally at a key moment. That’s exactly the kind of goal that calls for an over-the-top celly (yep, celly). You want to follow a sport that’s had all the life sucked out of it? Watch the NFL.

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  • Published On Apr 26, 2013
  • Roberto Luongo’s limbo

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    By Allan Muir

    Roberto Luongo wasn’t asking anyone to feel sorry for him.

    But it’s kind of hard not to, right?

    Just minutes after being pulled of the ice from practice, only to learn he hadn’t been traded, the reluctant Canuck opened up about his disappointment in a painfully human post-trade deadline press conference on Wednesday.

    It made for riveting theater as he grappled with his emotions about remaining with a team that won’t play him but couldn’t find anyone willing to take him off its hands.

    Not that there wasn’t interest. Talks with the Maple Leafs went right to the final minute before breaking down when the Canucks reportedly refused to assume a portion of Luongo’s remaining $40 million in salary.

    If a part of him had held out hope that there was a way around that massive hurdle, it was gone by the time he stepped in front of the gathered press.

    “My contract sucks,” he said. “That’s what the problem is. It’s a big factor in trading me. It’s why I’m still here.

    “I’d scrap it if I could right now.”

    It had to be a humbling admission. That 12-year, $64 million deal he signed in September 2009 has already given him a boatload of dough and will give him boatloads more. It’s enough to buy anything but the one thing he wants most: a chance to earn it.

    Luongo has been beaten fairly by Cory Schneider for Vancouver’s starting job. That stings, but he can accept it. And maybe he can handle the smackdown of the minimal return the Leafs offered for him — back-up Ben Scrivens and a pair of second-rounders.

    What really hurts is that the line of suitors that were hoping to secure his services never materialized in the off-season. And that teams facing obvious needs at the deadline decided to go with younger, cheaper options.

    He’s certainly not the first to feel that particular rejection in this economy. But that doesn’t make it any less humiliating.

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2013


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