Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo will be reunited with the Florida Panthers thanks to a trade Tuesday that sends him back to the Sunshine State in exchange for netminder Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias.
According to TSN’s James Duthie, Luongo confirmed news of the trade himself as he was signing the papers to make it official:
Roberto Luongo confirms he has been traded to Florida. Signing papers right now. #Tradecentre
It’s a bold move for the Panthers, who almost certainly will wind up missing the playoffs for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons.
the big trade comes one day after longtime team president and CEO Michael Yormark announced he was leaving the organization to work for rap mogul Jay Z and his Roc Nation agency.
Nonetheless, the Panthers found a way to make a huge deal, and bring back a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist and two-time Olympic gold medalist.
A strong 2.38 goals-against average in 2013-14 wasn’t enough to keep the 34-year-old veteran Luongo around. Over the past few seasons, a combination of gaudy expectations and persistent trade rumors weighed down the netminder.
Scott Timmins, a prospect in the Florida Panthers minor league system playing for the San Antonio Rampage, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass last weekend. Timmins went out drinking with some teammates at the Hangar on Broadway and ended up breaking into a family’s house to go to sleep on the couch. From KENS5:
The police report states that when Garza’s wife found Timmins sitting on her couch, she asked him who he was, to which he responded, “Don’t worry about that.”
“He was yelling, ‘What are you doing in my house,’” said Garza. “My wife said, ‘You need to get the hell out of here,’” added Garza. She was able to escape through a back door with her kids.
She called 911 and her husband. When Garza finally faced the man who scared the daylights out of his children, he told him “you’re lucky I wasn’t here because I would’ve put a bullet between your eyes and it would’ve been over for you.”
Adam Henrique’s first Game 7 was one he’ll never forget. The rookie scored his second goal of the game at 3:47 of the second overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers early Friday.
He skated out of the right circle and into the slot, getting goalie Jose Theodore to guess wrong. It sent New Jersey to Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference semifinal opener on Sunday, and the resurgent Panthers home for the summer.
“Got a pretty good bounce,” Henrique said. “Found myself alone and tried to get it on net.”
Just like that, the Devils were winners of a postseason series for the first time since 2007. And with the game ending in the early hours of April 27, it marked the 20th anniversary of Martin Brodeur’s first postseason appearance in goal for New Jersey.
Video: Florida scores a powerplay goal to cut New Jersey’s lead to 2-1.
Video: Marty Brodeur gloves Kris Versteeg’s backhander late in regulation to send Game 7 to overtime.
Travis Zajac scored at 5:39 of overtime, and the New Jersey Devils avoided elimination and sent yet another Eastern Conference first-round series to a seventh game with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
Steve Bernier and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored, and Martin Brodeur made 14 saves for New Jersey, which squandered a two-goal lead and had fans dreading another first-round playoff exit until Zajac scored from the right circle. The shot beat Scott Clemmensen to the lower corner and set off a mob scene on the ice.
Two other series in the conference are also headed to Game 7s. Washington will be at second-seeded Boston on Wednesday, and Ottawa will be at the top-seeded Rangers on Thursday.
Game 7 will be played in Sunrise, Florida on Thursday.
Video: New Jersey Devils Win In Overtime on Zajac’s Goal, Force Game 7