From The Ice

Roberto Luongo Out for Two Games With Florida

Roberto Luongo Out for Two Games With Florida
Cat Silverman

Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were both injured during Florida’s Tuesday night matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Although the team’s ability to come together when it happened was touching, though, that did little to help them when faced with an impending playoff push.

The Panthers are three games out but two points back on the Boston Bruins; having a healthy Luongo and Montoya would have done wonders towards giving them that much-needed nudge into the post-season. Seeing not just the starting netminder but the backup as well go down during a game made it painfully clear how close the Panthers were to seeing the post-season — and how easily that could change without consistency in the crease.

The news is worse when it comes to backup Al Montoya; he’s out at least two weeks with a groin injury, giving the team pause in regards to exactly how close they can get to making a true playoff push.

For Luongo, though, the prognosis is a little brighter; with only two games slated to be missed, the iconic Bobby Lu could be back in for Florida soon enough. The team has implied that he’ll be day to day after the two missed games, but that his injury — something related to his shoulder — doesn’t seem to be too serious. Makes sense; after racing back from the hospital to take over the crease on Tuesday night following Montoya’s injury, Luongo continued to deny all shots he was faced with. Had Montoya not been allowed to return to the game (he allowed three goals before Luongo stepped back in) the team may have pulled off a win against the hapless Leafs.

With the news good-but-not-great in Florida, though, it makes Boston’s misfortune in comparison seem that much greater — the defending president’s trophy winners lost their trade deadline acquisition within his first practice for a broken finger; new Bruins forward Brett Connolly is out six weeks after blocking a puck.

Given the situation — and the games both Luongo and Montoya are slated to miss — makes the post-deadline acquisition of a goalie seem that much more intriguing. If both could be back in soon enough, adding a reliable backup to stand in while they’re out (currently the team is icing a tandem of their AHL and ECHL starters) could be useful in the long run. It comes down to the team’s desire to part with assets for a piece that won’t be eligible to see the post-season; as we stated yesterday, the CBA bans teams from playing post-deadline acquisitions in playoff contests.

');doc.close(); })(document);
From The Ice
Cat Silverman
@catacarryon

Catherine is the first American in a long line of Canadians, making her the black sheep before she even decided she wasn’t going to be a Leafs fan. Her cousins may never forgive her for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, but they’re at least glad she’s a rink rat, too. She’s a pretty terrible goalie, but she’s got a good grasp on the game from her seat on the bench.

More in From The Ice

April 18, 2015: St. Louis Blues' rightwing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring in the first period during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The Blues won, 4-1.

Vladimir Tarasenko Cashes in With Eight-Year Deal

Cat SilvermanJuly 7, 2015
October 21, 2014: Arizona Coyotes left wing Mikkel Boedker (89) skates with the puck during the NHL game between the Nashville Predators and the Arizona Coyotes, held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.  ***Editorial Use Only***

Mikkel Boedker Accepts One Year Deal With Coyotes

Cat SilvermanJuly 7, 2015
15 June 2015:  Tampa Bay Lightning Center Cedric Paquette (13) [9861] battles with Chicago Blackhawks Defenceman Trevor van Riemsdyk (57) [8749] and Chicago Blackhawks Goalie Corey Crawford (50) [3760] in action during game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, in Chicago, IL.

Trevor van Riemsdyk Sees Extension with Chicago

Cat SilvermanJuly 7, 2015
sherrot

Who is Kole Sherwood, Columbus’ Newest Forward?

Cat SilvermanJuly 7, 2015
27 April 2015:  Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) celebrates his game winning goal against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. where the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders, 2-1 in the deciding game of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Evgeny Kuznetsov Gets Two Year Deal

Cat SilvermanJuly 6, 2015
11 APR 2014: New Jersey Devils center Ryan Carter (20) goes for the puck in front of New York Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson (45) during the second period of the game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders played at the Prudential Center in Newark,NJ. The New York Islanders defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shootout.

Anders Nilsson Sees Rights Dealt Yet Again (Updated)

Cat SilvermanJuly 6, 2015
11 April 2015: Boston Bruins right wing Brett Connolly (14) during the NHL regular season game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.

Bruins Lock Up Brett Connolly, Jimmy Hayes With Deals

Cat SilvermanJuly 6, 2015
14 March 2015 : Vancouver Canucks Center Shawn Matthias (27) attempts to check Toronto Maple Leafs Defenceman Dion Phaneuf (3)   during a game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.   ****For Editorial Use Only****

Shawn Matthias Gets Shot With Rebuilding Leafs

Cat SilvermanJuly 6, 2015
Cap

Interview with Hockey’s Cap: Searching for a CapGeek Heir

Sean TierneyJuly 6, 2015