Another rough season for Roberto Luongo and his underachieving Florida Panthers is nearly in the books.
The team will miss the playoffs for the 16th time this century and the veteran goaltender earlier this week suggested he’s going to assess his playing future in the summer.
“This season has been very difficult,” Luongo said prior to allowing five goals in drubbing courtesy of the Maple Leafs on Monday. “After [the season’s over], we’ll sit down — myself and the team — and figure this out.”
Luongo ranks second all-time in games played by a goalie behind Martin Brodeur, third in wins behind Brodeur and Patrick Roy and he’ll likely join those two in the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.
This season, however, his save percentage has dipped below .900 for the first time in his two-decade NHL career and his 3.19 goals-against average is his worst GAA since his rookie campaign with the New York Islanders back in 1999-00.