Roberto Luongo will forever be talked about in Boston as the guy who “didn’t get his tires pumped” and who failed to steal a game at TD Garden during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Luongo was much more than that, however. On Wednesday, one of the best goalies of his generation and a potential Hall-of-Famer officially hung up the skates. More on that in just a little bit. Here are the top stories from around the NHL on Thursday, June 27th.
Ken Holland has made it quite clear that he will be adding a goaltender via free agency for the Edmonton Oilers. The club has interest in Mike Smith, according to reports. Oiler fans aren’t exactly thrilled with that idea. (The Oilers Rig)
Roberto Luongo officially retired from the NHL on Wednesday. The former Canuck, Islander and Florida Panther played nearly two decades in the league and was routinely one of the best at his position. Luongo quietly put together a stellar career. He wrote an open letter to fans to announce the decision. (Floridapanthers.com)
Hockey in Seattle is getting closer to being a reality. The 32nd NHL member club took a big step on Wednesday night, deciding on Palm Springs as the site of their AHL affiliate. An announcement is expected today about a new arena in Palm Springs. Seattle’s NHL team also plans on running an expansion AHL team as opposed to a relocated franchise. (The Seattle Times)
Brian Elliott dipped his toes into free agency but has elected to stay in Philadelphia. The veteran goaltender re-signed with the Flyers on Wednesday, inking a one-year deal worth $2,000,000. (Broad Street Hockey)
The Bruins will have plenty of bargain UFA forward options to choose from in July if that is the route they elect to go. (Boston Hockey Now)