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Rats Roundup: 2019-20 Schedule Announced, Luongo Retires

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup!

The 2019-20 regular season schedule was announced, Roberto Luongo announced his retirement and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Hockey Is On Its Way

On Tuesday, the Panthers announced their 2019-20 regular season schedule. The Cats kick off their 2019 slate of games on Oct. 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.

A few days later, on Oct. 5, hockey is back in Sunrise when the Panthers host the Lightning for their home opener at 7 p.m.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Kick off the #FlaPanthers 2019-2020 season with a chance to win 2 glass seats to our home opener on Oct. 5 & a prospect-signed 2019 #NHLDraft item!Enter Now �� https://t.co/piI7dY5kIR pic.twitter.com/FHt2xzFeXb

Complete the form HERE to secure your spot on the single game ticket priority list and be the first to know when single game tickets for the 2019-20 season become available!

Video: 2019-20 Panthers Season Schedule is here!

To download the schedule, click HERE and be sure to check out the full schedule at FloridaPanthers.com/Schedule.

Also check out some schedule highlights HERE.

Hanging Up the Pads

On Wednesday, franchise legend Roberto Luongo announced his retirement after 19 NHL season. 

Video: Luongo

The franchise legend owns the Panthers franchise record for games played by a goaltender (572), wins (230), shutouts (38), saves (16,068) assists/points (13), single-season games played by a goaltender (75, 2005-06), single-season wins (35, 2005-06, 2015-16), single-season saves (2,303) and single-season shutouts (tied-7, 2003-04). His 572 games played in a Panthers uniform marks the fourth-most in franchise history by any player. He was voted to the NHL All-Star Game five times over his career.

To read more on Luongo's career accolades, click HERE.

Luongo took to social media to announce his retirement in only a way he could do, and expressed his thoughts on the decision to call it a career in an open letter to fans, which you can read HERE.

Tweet from @strombone1: I���ve decided to take my talents to a South Beach retirement home ���🏼 pic.twitter.com/BTuZIo8XT8

Those around the hockey world, from current and former players to media all shared their thoughts on Luongo's retirement, which we have compiled HERE.

Video: Relive the career highlights of Roberto Luongo

If you're feeling nostalgic, take a trip down the highlights of Luongo's career with this timeline look at his achievements.

Video: Goldstein analyzes 19-season career of Roberto Luongo

Video: Luongo retires after 19 NHL seasons, 489 victories

D-Camp In Full Swing

The Cats opened up their 2019 development camp on Thursday, giving over 40 prospects a chance to strut their stuff and prove they have what it takes to one day crack an NHL roster.

Video: 2019 Florida Panthers Development Camp: Day 1

Check out our Day 1 recap HERE.

There are plenty of storylines to keep an eye on as the weekend progresses, which Jameson Olive highlighted earlier in the week HERE.

Click HERE to download a version of the roster, and as usual on-ice sessions are free and open to the public at the Panthers IceDen.

The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Friday, June 28

Blue Squad - 8:40 A.M. - 10:25 A.M.

Red Squad - 10:40 A.M. - 12:25 P.M.

Saturday, June 29

Red Squad - 8:40 A.M. - 10:25 A.M.

Blue Squad - 10:40 A.M. - 12:25 P.M.

Sunday, June 30

Red/Blue Squad Scrimmage - 9 A.M. - 11 A.M.

Sunday's scrimmage will be available via livestream on the Florida Panthers official Facebook page.

Stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com and @FlaPanthers on Twitter for news and camp updates!

Quick Hitters

- Luongo held in awe by peers after retirement.

- Catch up on who the Cats selected at the 2019 NHL Draft by visiting Draft Central at FloridaPanthers.com/DraftCentral.

- The Summer Reading Tour is underway with Broward County Libraries! Randy Moller and Jayce Hawryluk have been guest readers, who will be next? Check out the upcoming schedule of dates at FloridaPanthers.com/ReadingTour.

Video: 2019 Panthers Summer Reading Tour

- Take a look at Aleksander Barkov behind-the-scenes at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, where he took home the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy!

Video: 2019 NHL Awards Behind the Scenes: Aleksander Barkov

- Relive the 2014 NHL Draft, where we selected Aaron Ekblad 1st overall!

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