Given his age, it would be surprising if the Golden Knights selected him in the draft, especially with a number of more appealing goalies available for them. He remains under contract with the Panthers through 2021-22 (his age 42 season), another reason he's likely to be avoided Wednesday evening.
Luongo missed the final month of the season due to a lower-body injury, and the team missed him. The Panthers were forced to use a combination of James Reimer and Reto Berra in the crease, and that duo was unable to vault the team into a playoff spot.
Luongo (lower body) will dodge going under the knife through rehabilitation, and is aiming to return to the ice in the next month, Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel reports.
The 38-year-old netminder was sidelined for the last 19 games of the 2016-17 campaign, finishing with 40 appearances on the season, the third-lowest total in Luongo's 17-season career. While the five-time All-Star may not be the dominant force that he once was as he continues to get older, expect Luongo to at the very least be a reliable backup tender for the next few seasons.
Luongo (lower body) is unlikely to suit up for the remainder of the 2016-17 season, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
The veteran netminder has already missed each of the team's last 15 games, and if his season has indeed come to an end, he'll finish with a 17-15-6 record to go along with a 2.68 GAA and .915 save percentage. Luongo's play certainly took a step down from what it's been in the past three years, but he should still be a solid fantasy option at least for next season.
There's still hope that Bobby Lu can return for a game or two before the regular season ends. However, Florida has been eliminated from playoff contention, so there's probably less urgency in getting him back up to speed. Expect to see a lot more of Reto Berra in goal for the Panthers down the stretch.