Reunion with Roberto Luongo might be in Florida Panthers’ plans

With his large Vancouver Canucks hockey bag slung over one shoulder, goalie Roberto Luongo walked out of the Panthers facility Monday morning.

“See you next week,” Luongo told a member of the Coral Springs Iceplex’s staff before heading out the door.

Luongo flew to Vancouver on Tuesday to participate in the Canucks’ charity golf tournament and continue his informal offseason workouts with his teammates.

If the NHL owners lockout their players as expected come Saturday night, Luongo plans to continue his workouts in South Florida.

So, once Luongo leaves Vancouver, will he return?

“I have no idea what is going to happen,” he said.

Luongo, who played with Florida from 2000-05, wants to return to the Panthers.

It appears there is mutual interest, too. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon spoke to the Canucks about a potential trade in June, but talks have cooled.

The Canucks are said to want a number of Florida’s top young players in return for Luongo. However, the Panthers aren’t interested in parting with any of their future building blocks. Nothing will happen on the trade front until labor issues are settled.

For Luongo, it appears his time in Vancouver is over.


  • ructation