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Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo to miss 'extended period of time' with injury

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The Panthers recalled Harri Sateri on Wednesday morning to serve as Reimer's backup. Sateri was called up to Florida in October, but was only on the roster for two games. He has never played in a NHL game, as the franchise opted to have Antti Niemi back up Reimer.

With AHL affiliate Springfield this season, Sateri has a .906 save percentage and 2.76 goals against average in 12 games.

Boughner said the Panthers would have internal talks about looking at outside goaltending options.

"There'll be talks," Boughner said. "We've talked as a staff and as a management group, definitely have to look at other options out there to give Reims some help. We have Sateri that can play some games as well. We're trying to find a fit."

Luongo was having one of the best seasons of his career before he got hurt. He rebounded from a slow start to post a .928 save percentage and 2.61 goals against average in 15 games. The save percentage would be the best across an entire season for him since 2010-11, when he finished third in the Vezina Trophy voting with Vancouver.

After he returned from his hand injury, Luongo was nearly unbeatable. He made 45 saves in a loss to Carolina. He shut out San Jose for the first time in his career. In 11 games post-injury, he had a .936 save percentage.

 

"When a guy like Louie goes down," Boughner said, "your No. 1 goaltender, I think everybody, sort of the flags and the bells go off that 'Hey, we got to be good defensively to win games.' It's not because Reims isn't going to do his job. It's the nature of the beast.

"Your No. 1 guy is out and we want to make sure we provide Reims not only good defense in front of him so he can feel comfortable and start tomorrow night and have a good start and feel good about himself."

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