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.