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Storied Netminder Comes Home

(Sunrise, Florida)

14 years after starting his storied NEFHL career as a member of the inaugural Florida Panthers squad, Roberto Luongo is coming back home to finish things right where he started them. On Sunday evening, the veteran goaltender inked a 4 year deal with the Panthers, valued at $1.95M per season and $7.8M in total, where he will immediately take over the backup role behind Darcy Kuemper for the rest of the 2019 season.

Luongo spent 7 seasons with the club between 2005 and 2011, starting over 500 games for the then powerhouse Panthers team, highlighted by a Stanley Cup victory in 2007-2008, before ultimately being moved by the franchise as it entered rebuild mode at the start of the 2012 season. “Yeah, it was tough to move on from the team after we enjoyed so much success” said Luongo “but obviously, we don’t begrudge Trev at all for making the move, seeing the complete disarray that Carter left the franchise in upon his departure, it just made sense”. “True that” added Trev.

So, in what is sure to be his last season in the NEFHL, Luongo hopes to cap off what might just be a Hall of Fame career with a second Stanley Cup, even if it means playing the role of backup goaltender for the first time in his career. “You look at the team, and it could do some damage”, said the newest Panther during his introductory conference call with reporters, “I mean, the team was ranked #1 in the Hoover rankings. Although I haven’t done the research to confirm this, I was really sold on signing here when GM Trev told me the top ranked Hoover teams have an excellent track record of success in this league…. {inaudible}… what, are you f’n serious {inaudible}… no comment, this press conference is over”.