The Biggest Successes and Failures Among NHL Players Returning to Former Teams

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The Biggest Successes and Failures Among NHL Players Returning to Former Teams
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The Vancouver Canucks completed the most startling deal of the 2014 trade deadline season when they sent goaltender Roberto Luongo back to his former team, the Florida Panthers.

The Canucks acquired Luongo from the Panthers in the summer of 2006, along with Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft pick, in exchange for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld.

In eight roller-coaster seasons in Vancouver, Luongo's highest point and lowest point were reaching Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, then being demoted to backup behind Cory Schneider just one year later.

Though Schneider was traded himself at the 2013 draft, the wound did not heal. The trade to Luongo's desired destination finally came to fruition after he was passed over to start Vancouver's Heritage Classic game at BC Place in favor of rookie Eddie Lack.

It will be awhile before the value of Luongo's long-term future in Florida is clear, but he'll be a valuable marketing tool for new Panthers owner Vinnie Viola. A shutout against Buffalo in Luongo's first start with the Panthers certainly helped to create a positive first impression.

Luongo's far from the first player to book himself a return ticket to an old team. Here's a look at what happened when some other notable NHLers went home again.

 

Stats from NHL.com; Salary information from capgeek.com.

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