Markstrom reminds me of where Schneider was at in 08/09. remember that game against dallas? stellar performance, i think florida would be wise to get luongo to help develop him
That's pretty much the idea, along with the star power Luongo would bring as a familiar name and fan favourite in Florida. They have to pay a little more in salary for the next few years but if he helps them make the playoffs and garner more fan interest (through tickets, jersey sales, etc) then they more than make up for the money they're losing languishing in the bottom of the Southeast with little to no playoff aspirations.
We do know Florida has had interest, so it's not really a question of that. It's just a question of what they have to do to acquire him since their current goaltending has done nothing to help them out. Sure, they aren't ready to be a Stanley Cup contender this year, but with a bit better luck injury-wise, and more of their young players stepping up, they can easily make a splash in their division and earn some playoff revenue.
People underestimate how much that added revenue means to a team like the Panthers.
Edited by elvis15, 11 April 2013 - 11:21 AM.