Luongo will call it a career after 19 years in the NHL, the team announced Wednesday. Luongo hangs up his skates having appeared in 1,044 games for the Islanders, Canucks and Panthers. Selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NHL Draft, the veteran logged over 70-plus games in four seasons, something that is unlikely to happen again in today's NHL. The world-class netminder will no doubt garner consideration for the Hall of Fame, as he ends his career with a 489-392-124 record, .919 save percentage and 2.52 GAA.
Luongo stopped 23 of 27 shots in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils. The 40-year-old wasn't able to extend his winning streak to four games to close out the season. Luongo posted the worst numbers of his career in 2018-19, but given that he still has three years left on his contract, he'll likely be in the goaltending mix in some fashion for Florida next season.
Luongo will start in the home goal Saturday for the season finale against the Devils, George Richards of The Athletic reports. The Panthers have missed the playoffs, though Luongo has a chance to close out the season on a high note, as he'll be in pursuit of his fourth straight win facing a Devils club with a paltry road record of 10-26-3.
Luongo stopped 27 of 30 shots in Monday's 5-3 win over the Capitals. The 39-year-old has won three straight starts and four of five since regaining his spot at the top of the Panthers' depth chart from rookie Samuel Montembeault. Luongo's 2.66 GAA and .918 save percentage over that stretch are right in line with his performance over the last couple of seasons, and despite his age, he still has something left in the tank when he's 100 percent healthy.
Luongo will be between the pipes for Monday's home clash with Washington, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. Luongo has stepped up his game of late, as he is 3-1-0 with a .922 save percentage in his last four outings. Given the Panthers won't be making the playoffs, it's a little surprising to see the club not give the nod to Samuel Montembeault, though it could just be resting him up to take the final two games of the season. With the youngster pushing for a spot on the roster, Florida will have some tough choices to make in goal, especially in regards to the 39-year-old Luongo, who carries a $4.53 million cap hit for another three years.
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