The trade deadline bombshells keep coming! The Vancouver Canucks have traded goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers.
— NHL on TSN (@NHLonTSN) March 4, 2014
RT @TEAM1040: According to reports, the Canucks get goalie Jacob Markstrom in return for Roberto Luongo
— Canucks Misconduct (@nucksmisconduct) March 4, 2014
We are still awaiting confirmation on the full trade, but for now it looks like the goaltending shakeups continue a mere 24 hours before the trade deadline. Whoever thought we would see Luongo, Ryan Miller, and Ilya Bryzgalov traded in the same week? Oh, and we now have a Luongo / Tim Thomas tandem in Florida. Martin Brodeur being traded would be the cherry on top at this point.
While trade speculation and Luongo have gone hand in hand over the past few years, everyone thought that would die down when the Canucks traded Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils at this year’s draft. Instead, the Vancouver Canucks have shocked everyone and moved their star goaltender for one of the better goaltending prospects available.
Markstrom has to grow a bit more as a goaltender; in 12 games played with the Panthers, he has one win, .875 SV%, and 3.52 GAA. Shawn Matthias was a 2006 second-round pick by the Detroit Red Wings who has nine goals and seven assists this season.
This trade comes after the controversial decision by head coach John Tortorella to start Eddie Lack in goal at the Heritage Classic over Luongo. The Ottawa Senators won the game 4-2, and Canucks fans were shouting for Luongo throughout the game. Tortorella defended the decision to go with Lack and said he felt he gave them the best chance at two points. Now, he will have to step up for the Canucks in the home stretch.