Connect with us

Hockey

Roberto Luongo calls it quits after 19 NHL seasons

Published

on

One of the best goaltenders in NHL history has decided to retire.

Veteran netminder Roberto Luongo announced Wednesday that he is riding off into the sunset and calling it quits after 19 seasons in the NHL.

“This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve faced in my life and it took me a long time to make it,” Luongo wrote in an announcement via Twitter.

“After thinking about it a lot over the past two months and listening to my body, I made up my mind. It just feels like the right time for me to step away from the game. I love the game so much, but the commitment I required to prepare, to keep my body ready, has become overwhelming.”

The 40-year old, who was selected 4th overall in the 1997 NHL Draft, compiled a 489-392-24 record, 2.52 goals against average and a .919 save percentage over a span of 1,044 regular season games and 70 playoff games split between the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks.

The six-timeAll-Star and recipient of the 2011 William M. Jennings Trophy holds plenty of Panthers and Canucks franchise records, and holds NHL records for most saves in a single season (2303 in 2003/04), most shots faced in a single season (2488 in 2005/06), most home games played in a single season (41 in 2006/07) and most regular season overtime wins, all-time with 49.

He ranks fourth all-time among goalies in wins, and third in games played.

Hockey

Senators ink Thomas Chabot to lucrative eight-year extension

Published

on

Eugene Melnyk proving to the world that he willing to actually spend big money to keep a player in the nation’s capital.

The Ottawa Senators announced Thursday that they have signed their best defenceman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year, $64 million contract extension that comes into effect next season.

“Thomas is an exceptional talent and an outstanding teammate, who is impactful both on and off the ice. He is the type of player that can develop into a core member of a championship-level team in the National Hockey League…He is an NHL all-star; an elite skater and puck-mover who plays with pace and determination.” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

“We are convinced Thomas will have a significant impact on the Ottawa Senators as we develop and grow into a highly competitive team over the coming seasons and we are extremely proud that Thomas will continue to be a key part of our team’s future success moving forward. Today is a great day for the Ottawa Senators franchise.”

As part of the deal, he will make $7 million in each of the first two seasons, $4 million in 2022/2023, $8 million in 2023/2024, $10 million in each of the following three seasons, and back to $8 million in the final year of the deal in 2027/2028.

The 22-year old, who was selected 15th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, is coming off a career-best season where he posted 14 goals and 41 assists in 70 games.

Continue Reading

Hockey

Canadiens, Hurricanes among teams interested in Stars defenceman Julius Honka

Published

on

Just a couple days after formally requesting a trade, the market is heating up for Dallas Stars defenceman Julius Honka.

According to reports, the Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes are among the teams interesting in acquiring the 2014 first round pick in a trade, and currently the most aggressive suitors.

The Canadiens would apparently rather do a player-for-player swap than give up a draft pick for a defenceman who hasn’t lived up to expectations. It’s unclear what the Hurricanes are asking for in negotiations.

The 23-year old Finnish native has compiled two goals, 11 assists and 28 penalty minutes over a span of 87 regular season games and three NHL seasons.

Continue Reading

Hockey

Jets sign defenceman Josh Morrissey to an eight-year, $50 million extension

Published

on

The Winnipeg Jets have locked up one of their top defenceman to a long-term deal.

The team announced Thursday that they have inked Josh Morrissey to an eight-year, $50 million contract extension that will pay him an average annual value of $6.25 million.

The deal will break down as follows: He will make $8 million in years 1, 2 and 4, $5.2 million in year 3, $6.4 million in year 5, and $4.8 million in each of the final three years,

The 24-year old, who still has one season left on his current two-year, $6.3-million bridge deal, posted six goals, 25 assists, a career-best 31 points and a plus-9 rating in 59 games last season.

Continue Reading

Trending - Popular