Sunrise, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Vancouver Canucks traded goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.
The deal also sent forward Steven Anthony to the Panthers in exchange for goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias.
“It is huge. He’s a big name down here and it sets the tone for our franchise,” said Florida general manager Dale Tallon. “[We] want to win the Stanley Cup, and talk is cheap, so we’re acting and we’re following up on what we said we would do.”
Luongo, 34, admitted being stunned to learn about the deal believing his contract was untradeable.
He requested to be traded after losing his starting job to Cory Schneider during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
After Schneider was sent to the New Jersey Devils, Luongo lost the spot again following the 2014 Olympics to Eddie Lack.
Luongo was also disappointed with Canucks coach John Tortorella’s decison to start Lack for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday.
“I had moved on and was ready to go. I wasn’t expecting this to happen, especially not today,” said Luongo, who is 19-16-6 this season with a .917 save percentage and a 2.38 goals-against average.
Luongo has 367 NHL victories, which places him 16th on the all-time list.
This is the fourth season of a 12-year, $64 million contract Luongo signed in September 2009. It carries an average annual value of $5.33 million and runs through 2021-22.