Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a groin injury, according to Patrick Johnston of Province Sports. He underwent an MRI, and the results showed that this is the same injury that sidelined him for eight weeks while he was with the Vancouver Canucks back in 2008.
Panthers coach Bob Boughner said that Luongo is going to miss an “extended period of time,” per Panthers reporter Jameson Olive.
Luongo suffered the injury against the New York Islanders on Monday night. He made a save and then crumpled to the ice and needed to be helped off.
The 38-year-old has started all 15 games in which he has played this season, registering a save percentage of 92.8 percent.
Luongo is in his fifth year of his second stint with the Panthers. Florida acquired him in a trade with the Canucks back in March 2014.
He was originally selected by the Islanders with the fourth overall pick of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut during the 1999-00 campaign, playing in 24 games and posting a save percentage of 90.4 percent.
New York proceeded to trade Luongo to the Panthers that offseason, and he went on to spend the next five years of his career with Florida, making the All-Star team in 2003-04 after leading the league in saves.
The Panthers dealt Luongo to the Canucks that summer.
Luongo resided in Vancouver for seven and a half seasons, making one All-Star team (2006-07) and earning the William H. Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals scored against in 2010-11.
The Panthers are 10-13-4 on the year.