"Luongo had a clause in his contract where he didn’t have to play back-to-back games on the road if he didn’t want," longtime Canuck and current Sportsnet analyst Kevin Bieksa said on Friday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, according to The Athletic's Harman Dayal.
But this is news to Luongo himself:
Goalies rarely play on back-to-back nights on the road as it is, but Luongo apparently wanted no part of it.
The now-retired netminder remained effective into his late-30s, so the guaranteed rest may have played a part.
Luongo signed a 12-year, $64-million contract with the Canucks in 2009. He finished his career with a .919 save percentage and ranks third on the NHL's all-time wins list with 489.