Quick Hits: Escrow, Jusso Valimaki, Roberto Luongo, and Don Waddell

Quick Hits: Escrow, Jusso Valimaki, Roberto Luongo, and Don Waddell

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The Florida Panthers will retire Roberto Luongo's No. 1.
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Escrow hit

Adrian Dater: Though the final numbers are not official, NHL players are expected to lose 10 percent of their salaries last year to escrow. They are obviously not happy about it.

Flames lose a defenseman to torn ACL

Pat Steinberg: Calgary Flames defenseman Juuso Valimaki tore his ACL this past weekend and will require surgery. He will be out indefinitely.

Pat Steinberg: Valimaki was likely going to be a regular defenseman for the Flames this season.

Ryan Pike: Valimaki will still be eligible for the expansion draft even if he misses the entire year due to the injury.

Luongo number to be retired by the Panthers

Alain Poupart of NHL.com: The Florida Panthers will retire Roberto Luongo‘s No. 1 on March 7th.

“It’s a great honor,” Luongo said Monday. “When I found out yesterday, I didn’t realize I was going to be the first player. That makes it extra special.

“This is my home now. We’re going to spend our lives here, our kids are going to grow up here. It’s nice to be recognized in a place that you call home now.”

Jameson Olive: Panthers owner Vinnie Viola: “Roberto exemplifies what it means to be a Florida Panther. His level of commitment to this franchise, his teammates, his family and the South Florida community is second to none. There is no player more deserving…”

Hurricanes give Waddell a contract

Sara Civian of The Athletic: The Carolina Hurricanes and President and GM Don Waddell agreed on a three-year contract extension.

“One morning we (Waddell and Minnesota) met and that was basically the last conversation we’ve had about it,” Waddell said via teleconference Monday. “I’ve been through it before with other opportunities, but at the end of the day I’m right where I belong and where I should be.”

Mike Maniscalco: Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon on Waddell’s contract: “It’s three years and once again he could get fired tomorrow or stay for ten years. The fact that the contract is a thing is strange to me…I value Don.”