Several big-name hockey players were on the move Tuesday, 24 hours before time for dealing runs out, including star goalie
"We're getting a great goaltender, a proven commodity," Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said.
Luongo is first in Panthers history in games played (317), single-season games played (75), career wins (108), single-season wins (35), and career shutouts (26). He also own single-season records for most saves, most minutes played, and consecutive scoreless minutes.
Markstrom had been considered the Panthers' goalie of the future for several years.
Luongo was the highest-profile netminder on the move Tuesday, but he was hardly alone as several goalies changed addresses in a flurry of trades. In fact, Luongo's arrival in Florida could prompt the Panthers to trade veteran
Edmonton, which acquired Viktor Fasth from the
Minnesota General Manager Chuck Fletcher said the team must assume that neither Niklas Backstrom nor
Luongo seemed destined in his mind to stay with Vancouver because of his 12-year, $64-million contract. Now, with eight years left on his contract, the 34-year-old Luongo is headed back to Florida, where he has his off-season home.
The Panthers were already active Tuesday before acquiring Luongo, sending defenseman Mike Weaver to the
New York also was expected to deal veteran forward