Luongo Wrapped Up for Four Years

His name sounds like a type of cheese, doesn’t it? “Hey, you’ve got a bit of Luongo on your lapel there.”

Cheese or not, the Canucks signed the top-flight goaltender to a four year deal that will pay him a mere US $6.8 million a season:

The Canucks qualified Luongo at $3.2 million US earlier this week, which gave the club his rights for the 2006-07 season, but Luongo’s agent Gilles Lupien also met with his client in Montreal this week to discuss the prospects of a long term deal.

Luongo, 27, played 75 games with the Florida Panthers in 2005-06, posting a record of 35-30-9 with a 2.97 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Over his five-year NHL career, Luongo has played a total of 341 games, with a record of 115-168-41, a 2.72 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

Is that too much? Not if he is, as everybody keeps saying, the second-best goalie in the NHL. If he suddenly comes to Vancouver, starts hitting the wacky tabacky and can’t stop a beach ball, then that’s serious money down the drain.


  1. This is a historical moment … after all the bogus goalies through the franchise for 36 years, this is the best guy we’ve ever had, hands down (though i really liked Arturs Irbe).

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