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Rats Roundup: Luongo to the Rafters, Getting Flexed

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

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

Roberto Luongo's jersey retirement was announced, the Panthers were featured in NHL.com's '31 in 31' series and so much more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Honoring a Legend

On March 7, the Panthers will send Roberto Luongo's number 1 jersey to the rafters of BB&T Center, making the former goalie the first player in franchise history to have their jersey retired.

Luongo, 40, retired from the National Hockey League on June 26, 2019, ending a 20-year playing career. The native of Montreal, Quebec, ranks second in NHL history in games played by a goaltender (1,044), third in wins (489) and ninth in shutouts (77). He is one of only three goaltenders in NHL history to have played 1,000 NHL games.

"I want to thank the entire Panthers organization for this incredible recognition," said Luongo. "It's quite an honor to be the first player to have his number retired by the Panthers. I'm truly looking forward to sharing this special night with my friends, family, teammates and the Panthers fans."

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

Be sure to not wait any longer and secure your tickets HERE for what is sure to be a special night!

Get Your Flex On

New for the 2019-20 season, fans can customize ticket plans to their schedules with brand-new Flex Plans ticket options.

The time has come for fans to find the easiest games to get to in even the busiest of schedules, from weekend plans to holiday plans and everything in between.

You can choose from a list of pre-made plans or if you are feeling bold, why not design your own plan of games. The only rule when picking your own plan is that a minimum of 20 tickets need to be purchased.

Video: FLEX PLANS

To give you a better idea of how some of these plans look, here are a few pre-made options:

The "Home for the Holidays" Plan: Whether you are back in town from school or have relatives visiting, gather your friends and family and enjoy some holiday matchups at BB&T Center. There are a great variety of opponents in this plan, from Western Conference foes such as the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks to division rivals in Boston and Tampa Bay.

The "School Night" Plan: This plan is for those looking to add a little excitement in their day, especially for after homework is done. Do good on a test? Why not celebrate in the best way possible and come cheer on the Cats as they take on team such as the Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche?

The "Snowbird" Plan: This plan is designed for those who are looking to escape the winter months up North, but still get their hockey fix. Plan your day at the beach, and then cool off at the rink to watch the Panthers face off against opponents such as the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas Golden Knights.

To check the full list of pre-made plans, begin building your own or to learn more about the perks of "Flex Plans," please visit FloridaPanthers.com/FlexPlans or grab your phone and dial 954-835-7825.

Of course, there are also several other ticket options for you to choose from this season. Head to FloridaPanthers.com/TicketCentral to learn more!

31 in 31

Each summer, NHL.com spends a day going around the league with a focus on each team's outlook for the upcoming season.

On Tuesday, it was Florida's turn, and the Cats season outlook was analyzed from their prospect pool, fantasy outlook, key statistics, three questions facing the team and an overall season preview.

Video: 31 in 31: Florida Panthers 2019-20 season preview

There are many around the sport who consider that the Panthers should be a playoff team come next April, and it shows in the coverage. Take a look for yourself throughout the various articles below!

- Florida Panthers fantasy preview for 2019-20

- Florida Panthers key statistics

- Top prospects for Florida Panthers

- Inside look at Florida Panthers

- Three questions facing Florida Panthers

A Star is Born

It has already been common knowledge amongst Panthers fans, but after a breakout 2018-19 campaign, Jonathan Huberdeau is finally getting his due from around the league.

NHL Network ranked the forward 16th in their top 20 list of the top wingers in the NHL, the first time Huberdeau has cracked the top 20. 

Video: Jonathan Huberdeau takes the No. 16 spot on the list

NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp feels that is Huberdeau continues to improve, his stock will not only rise but that he could be ranked among the league's best.

"He doesn't get the love," Rupp said. "I love that he gets the love here. What a season Jonathan Huberdeau had. I expect more from him. Dating back to his day in the [QMJHL], he's been a point driver. He gets points, points, points." 

Video: Top 10 plays of 2018-19: Huberdeau

To read more on Huberdeau's ranking, click HERE.

Territory Talk

On this week's Territory Talk, Florida Panthers alum Peter Worrell joined Jameson Olive and Doug Plagens to discuss his new role as Hockey Director of the Florida Panthers IceDen his memories of sharing the ice with Roberto Luongo, how he wants to help the game of hockey continue to grow in South Florida and much more! Listen below and visit FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk to listen to past episodes!

Quick Hitters

- Panthers Captain Aleksander Barkov attended the NHL European Player Media Tour this week to discuss the 2019-20 season and more!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Hi from Stockholm and the European Player Media Tour! Can���t wait to get this #FlaPanthers season started 👊 pic.twitter.com/Qh8VdxMxEF

- Florida Panthers staff and Community Champion Soldier's Angels came together to serve a meal to veterans at the West Palm Beach VA Hospital. 

Video: National Purple Heart Day Veterans Luncheon

- The Florida Panthers Foundation supported the Shawn Thornton Foundation's annual golf tournament.

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: #FlaPanthers supporting #FlaPanthers @thorntonFDN Tournament today! ������ pic.twitter.com/EWIgNBvHep

- Eight members of the Panthers were ranked within the top-150 of NHL.com's projected fantasy rankings for the 2019-20 season. Click HERE to see the full list!

- 'Ice and Dice' Casino Night is back!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: 'Ice and Dice' Casino night returns on Nov. 4!Learn more about this special @FlaPanthersCARE event. 🎲�� https://t.co/Vzx6nf0pz1 pic.twitter.com/L8QaW3jaWY

- It's another week closer to October! Celebrate with these wallpapers!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Hockey is getting closer!We can feel it 🏒🐱#IsItOctoberYet pic.twitter.com/86hSgyJ6FU

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