Luongo, who underwent hip surgery in May, has an estimated return date of November 1, Sportsnet's John Shannon reports. Initially, the Panthers believed Luongo would be fully recovered by the start of the season, but it sounds like there may have been a setback. Tom Rowe, Florida's new general manager, is not taking any chances with his depth among defensemen and goalies -- the offseason is still in its infancy and already he's acquired goalies Reto Berra and James Reimer, plus quality blueliners in Mark Pysyk, Jason Demers and Keith Yandle. As if that wasn't enough, he re-signed Aaron Ekblad, a terrific scoring defenseman, for eight years. Bump Luongo down on your fantasy draft cheat sheets since he's expected to get off to a late start to the next campaign, but don't drop him too far as he'll have a retooled supporting cast protecting the crease in front of him once he's ready to rock.
Luongo is expected to be fully recovered from offseason hip surgery by the start of the 2016-17 season, the Sun Sentinel reports. Luongo's peripheral numbers (2.35 GAA, .922 save percentage) last regular season were almost identical to his output from the 2014-15 campaign, but he had seven more wins this time around, finishing with 35. He's one of the most reliable netminders in the game and warrants a high draft pick in most fantasy leagues next season.
Luongo denied 49 of 51 shots in Sunday's season-ending Game 6 loss to the Islanders. An absolutely brutal break for Luongo, as he once again gave it everything he had -- and then some -- before falling short in double overtime for the second straight game. To make matters worse, he was less than a minute away from notching a shutout but ended up allowing the game-tying goal with just 54 seconds left after losing track of the puck. The 37-year-old wraps up his playoff run with a 2.05 GAA and .934 save percentage following one of his best regular seasons of recent vintage.
Luongo will patrol the crease in Sunday's Game 6 matchup with the Islanders, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Despite a tremendous effort in Game 5, setting aside 40 of the 42 shots he faced, Luongo was slapped with the loss after allowing a double-overtime goal to the Isles' Alan Quine. The veteran will look to stave of elimination in Sunday's Game 6, but will have to hold his own on the road at the Barclay's Center in order to do so. However, Luongo and the Panthers did take a game on the road earlier this season, so don't count them out yet.
Luongo stood on his head while facing the Islanders for Game 5 on Friday night. He turned away 40 of 42 shots but still lost in double-overtime, 2-1. Frans Nielsen put the puck past Luongo early in the first period but it was smooth sailing for the veteran backstop all the way through the first overtime. As fate would have it, Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie drew a slashing penalty that preceded an Alan Quine game-winner in double-overtime. Ninety shots were fired in this thrilling contest, with both Luongo and winner Thomas Greiss doing outstanding work between the posts. This game truly could've gone either way, but now Luongo finds himself in a tough spot, needing to win Game 6 on Sunday to avoid elimination from the playoffs.
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