Luongo headed back to Florida
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. Luongo’s contract has eight years remaining and runs through the 2021-22 season. The contract’s initial value was $64 million.
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.
Capitals add Penner
Left winger Dustin Penner is headed to the Washington Capitals in a deal with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks will receive a fourth-round draft pick in return, TSN reported. That pick was obtained on Sept. 29 by the Capitals from Anaheim in a trade for center Mathieu Perreault.
Penner’s one-year, $2 million contract will expire at the end of the season and he will become an unrestricted free agent in July.
The 31-year-old Penner, who missed time earlier this season with a concussion, scored 13 goals and 32 points in 49 games for the Ducks this season.