Luongo clarifies his comments and the decline of the Panther's last offer

Luongo said Monday he wanted to clarify comments he made Friday about his decision not to sign a five-year, $30 million contract with the Florida Panthers…… and this is a direct quote from luongo in the sun-sentinel paper… “My main goal is to stay here, I don’t want to leave,” Luongo said. “I don’t want people to get that impression, because that’s what I’ve been getting the last few days. The organization is going in the right direction. The only thing I was saying is, for me, there’s no rush to sign right now. I just want to make sure everybody understands that, that Florida is my No. 1 priority.”

We may not be the strongest organization in the NHL, but we’ve got some amazing weather down here and that keeps ’em 🙂

Here is the link just in case some of you guys wanna continue reading “between the lines” some how.,0,1063910.story?coll=sfla-sports-panthers

Unless Keenan screws this up himself, Roberto ain’t going nowhere. Sorry guys… your thoughts?

9 Responses to Luongo clarifies his comments and the decline of the Panther's last offer

  1. suppaman says:

    I still get the impression if this team doesn’t improve and make the playoffs before he can become an UFA, he is gone for sure.

  2. mikster says:

    No way, Luongo said to the Sentinel last week that he wants to win, and that he does not want to watch the playoffs on TV. To me, that pretty much says that the Panthers must make good changes in order for him to re-sign. It is crucial for the Panthers to re-sign Jokinen. If they don’t Luongo will not accept the deal.

    Jokinen also wants to re-sign before Torino begins.

  3. nova_scotia123 says:

    I agree with you. If they don’t improve in the off season, than he will bolt out of town.

  4. SabresFan220 says:

    Perhaps if he doesn’t get a new long term deal by season’s end, Tampa will put a bid on Luongo. They need star goaltending to be competative and their goaltenders just haven’t been solid enough.

  5. Laus723 says:

    don’t think tampa can afford our star goalie, not with what he’s turned down (and will want the same if not more to go to hated tampa). that would leave tampa with st. louis, vinny, and luongo at at least 6 mil and still needing to sign richards long term…making 24 mil possibly and leaving only 15 to 20 to stay under cap…dont see that one happening.

    besides, louie’s only restricted next year, i think the lightning would have to give up a lot to get him (sory, not up to date with the rfa rules). hes a ufa in ’07!

  6. Laus723 says:

    Louie’s not a ufa til the end on NEXT season, meaning he’ll be a panther for at least one more season, unless keenan ships him out, which isn’t likely. Olli and Louie have played together their whole professional career and Louie wants Olli wrapped up financially as he feels Olli is the team’s best player and sticking with Olli shows Louie (and the fans) the team is committed to winning…

    I actually love the position Louie put cohen, keenan, and company; he basically said that he wants the team to bring in solid players and make this current run at the playofs a serious one. Even if they don’t make it, but run hard at it and not trade away talent for garbage (which i know we have little proven talent), and pick up solid players in the offseason, i see Louie signing long-term.

    I also heard talk of Jovo coming back, and Louie’s wife is a native floridian also…helping Louie want to stay in the sunshine state. I guess its all speculation until Louie signs on the line!

  7. 24_cups_and_counting says:

    Luongo is still and Restricted Free Agent. Therefore, if he goes anywhere it will be via trade. Unless Mike Keenan is an absolute moron, There is no way in hell that he will trade his star goalie to a division rival. Think about it.

  8. rojoke says:

    I can see Luongo signing a one-year deal this summer, in the $4-6 million range. If Keenan can sign some guys who can actually get the team in the playoffs, then there might be a realistic shot at keeping him beyond next season. If not, then there’s probably five or six teams that are going to make very lucrative offers for him in two years.

  9. Laus723 says:

    i don’t know that keenan’s all that interested in signing him to just a 1 year deal, and i don’t think louie’s terribly interested in signing one. i think keenan needs to make some moves before the deadline and show that management i serious about this run at the playoffs for luongo to sign the deal. they may go to arbitration again, but there’s not much point in that.

    Look for Louie to either sign long term or be dealt in the summer, don’t think it’ll go to far past that knowing keenan.

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