The Vancouver Canucks traded goalie Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers, two days after he was benched in favor of rookie Eddie Lack for a marquee stadium game.
The Canucks received goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias from Florida, the Panthers said yesterday in a news release on their website, in exchange for Luongo and forward Steven Anthony.
Lack was chosen by coach John Tortorella to start three straight games after the Olympic break, including a March 2 game against the Ottawa Senators in front of 54,194 at Vancouver’s BC Place stadium. Ottawa came from behind and won the game 4-2.
The Panthers lost 4-1 last night at Boston. The Canucks lost 1-0 at Phoenix.
Luongo, 34, had eight years left on a 12-year, $64 million contract with the Canucks and had a 19-16-6 record with a 2.38 goals-against average this season.
Before joining the Canucks in 2006, Luongo spent five seasons playing for the Panthers. He was originally drafted fourth overall by the New York Islanders in 1997.