Roberto Luongo traded to the Florida Panthers

Roberto Luongo is finally back where he begun. The 34 year-old goaltender has been traded to the Florida Panthers, who originally drafted the goaltender in 1997.

In exchange, the Canucks will recieve goaltender Jacob Markstrom, as well as forward Shawn Matthias.

Many hockey fans could sense this deal happening when Luongo was not given the starting nod during the Heritage Classic.

Luongo incredibly still has another eight years remaining on (his contract), a 12-year, $64-million deal he signed in 2009 at the peak of his game.

Luongo will now be teammates with Tim Thomas in Florida, who he ironically faced and lost to in Game Seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

I feel like this deal comes a year late. Luongo has shown interest in Florida for quite a while. If this deal was made last year, Luongo’s market value may have been slightly higher.

Who’s in rebuild mode now?

The Florida Panthers have acquired a 34 year old goaltender well past his prime on the hopes of rekindling the magic that he once had. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, could this move kick start a massive rebuild for the franchise, who are currently sitting at the cusp of a Western Conference Wild Card playoff berth. What’s the future for veteran forwards Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Ryan Kesler?