The 38-year-old Roberto Luongo played just 40 games last year due to injury -- aside from the lockout-shortened year, he hadn't seen so little action since his rookie season. He finished with a respectable .915 save percentage and won 17 games, which shows he's still capable of being a No. 1, but it's clear that Luongo can no longer shoulder the 60- or 70-game workloads he once did. Although Luongo was outplayed by James Reimer, he's in no danger of losing the lead role in net, which should result in around 50 starts if he can stay healthy. he'll benefit from the Panthers' expected bounce back following a disastrous season that saw several of their stars deal with injuries, causing the team to regress by 22 points in the standings.
Luongo (lower body) stopped all eight shots he faced Tuesday against the Predators. Luongo displayed a strong performance, and more importantly, he's back to full health again. The veteran backstop will have to continue this performance if he wants to fend off fellow goalie James Reimer, who posted a .920 save percentage and 2.53 GAA last season. Luongo posted similar numbers at .915 and 2.68, respectively, but he's a goalie in a 38-year-old body, which is part of the reason he was left exposed to Vegas this summer. He's still expected to receive a majority of the workload, but that's projected to be about 50 starts, which makes him tough to build a fantasy roster around.
Luongo (lower body) was left unprotected by the Panthers for the expansion draft Wednesday, TSN reports. 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 (lower body) is intent on returning to the Panthers for the 2017-18 season, NHL.com reports. 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, choosing instead to rehab his injury with the goal of returning to the ice in the next month, Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel reports. The 38-year-old netminder was sidelined for the final 19 games of the 2016-17 campaign, finishing with 40 appearances -- 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 remain a reliable backup tender at the very least 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.
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