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Canucks deal G Luongo to Panthers

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Goaltender Roberto Luongo is going back to the Florida Panthers after a trade with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday for center Shawn Matthias and goalie Jacob Markstrom.

Luongo, 34, was with the Panthers for five years earlier his career. This season, he has posted a 19-16-6 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 42 games for the Canucks.

The three-time All-Star, who asked to be traded, joins veteran Tim Thomas as the Panthers' top goaltenders. Thomas was with Boston in 2011 when the Bruins beat Luongo and the Panthers in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Luongo's contract has eight years remaining and runs through the 2021-22 season. The contract's initial value was $64 million.

Luongo posted an image of a palm tree on his Twitter account shortly before the trade became public on Tuesday afternoon.

The 26-year-old Matthias has nine goals and seven assists in 59 games this season.

Markstrom, 24, has posted a 1-6 record with a 3.52 goals-against average in 12 games. He was considered the Panthers' top goaltending prospect.

Luongo's departure leaves the Canucks' goaltending job to Eddie Lack, who started in place of Luongo in Sunday's Heritage Classid game, and possibly Markstrom.
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