Luongo's Agent Seeking BIG MONEY!

Roberto Luongo’s agent, Gilles Lupien is asking the Panthers to “tear up” the current deal with Luongo and make him the highest paid goaltender in the National Hockey League.After turning in a stellar season, Florida Panthers’ goaltender Roberto Luongo wants to cash in with a new deal.

The newspaper reported Friday that Luongos agent, Gilles Lupien, has contacted the Panthers organization and requested that the club tear up his clients contract and restructure a deal that would see Luongo become the highest paid goalie in the NHL.

Luongo, who is possibly an MVP and Vezina Trophy candidate, is entering the final year of a four-year deal that would pay him $2.05 million next season.

“Why re-do it and ask for No. 5? We’d like to be paid like No. 1,” Lupien said when asked if Luongo should be paid in the top five.

“Who do you put in front of Roberto?” Lupien asked. “He’s the No. 1 goalie in the NHL. We have to decide how many years and then we’ll talk about numbers.”

The highest paid goaltenders in the NHL this year were;

Detroit’s Curtis Joseph ($8 Million)

Toronto’s Ed Belfour ($7 Million)

and New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur ($6.89 Million)

Luongo was the 29th-highest paid goalie in the league at $1.9 million.

General Manager Rick Dudley said he’s willing to discuss an extension.

“(Luongo) wants security, but I don’t know if we’re going to change the existing contract. There’s not a lot of teams that would do that.”

“We think he’s wonderful. I don’t mind giving him a long-term contract. But we’d like to have won something before we start talking in terms of Patrick Roy (money). We haven’t been in (a) position for him to do that yet.”

Asked if this could become a situation where Luongo holds out, Dudley said, “I certainly hope not. But there’s not much I can do if he does and if what he’s asking for is unreasonable. But we don’t know that yet.”

Luongo set career-highs for games played (72), wins (25), shutouts (seven), goals-against average (2.43) and save percentage (.931) while setting NHL records for saves (2,303) and shots faced (2,475).

“We have the whole summer and maybe the whole year next year to talk,” Lupien said, referring to a potential lockout next season. “Roberto wants to be in Florida for a long time. He knows the organization is going the right way.”

Shady’s Thoughts:

I wouldn’t mind seeing Luongo as one of the Top 5 paid goaltender in the NHL but no. 1. Luongo has not brought his team to the playoffs and that is deserving to be the highest-paid goaltender in the National Hockey League?

I doubt Luongo holds out but it remains a possibilty. He’s a good guy but his agent may seek too much money from the Panthers and stall contract talks, seemingly to what happened with Marian Gaborik and his agent. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Luongo switch agents down the road…


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