In December 2011, Roberto Luongo was 9-3-1 with a 2.04 goals-against average and .928 save percentage, so when last month came and went without an NHL collective bargaining deal, there was a little extra disappointment. At least that's what he joked about with a group of reporters who went to Florida to chat with him Monday.

"December is usually my best month, I'm a little disappointed we missed that month," Luongo said, smiling.

The joke is an example of just how well the self-deprecating Luongo has handled an impossibly tough situation. He's the goalie in Vancouver with a long-term deal, worth $5.3 million annually on the salary cap until 2021-22. But he's not the starter there; that job now belongs to Cory Schneider.


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