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Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:16 am
 


Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo has allowed 10 goals over the last 30 shots he's faced, but he will find himself back in the net for Game 6 on Sunday . 

Is that the right call?

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told reporters that he’s not going away from Luongo after a 5-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 on Thursday night. He was pulled for the second game in a row as the 'Hawks staved off elimination again.

Luongo told The Chicago Tribune that he’s not about to change how he goes about things:

"I've been at the top of my game for the last five months. I feel good in what I've been doing. Just make sure you apply that process in a game. Obviously you don't lose something like that in a game or two. For me, nothing changes. The work is going to be there and I'm going to be focused to play the next one."


While Luongo has had his struggles in the postseason, the Canucks haven’t had a viable backup the past couple postseasons. That changed this season as Cory Schneider went 16-4-0 with a healthy .929 save percentage, although he did let in the first shot he faced when he came into the game in relief on Thursday. 

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:14 pm
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:50 am
 

Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

Luongo does this every season...they have a nice regular season, get to the playoffs & he completely chokes....If he can't get it done this year, deal him in the offseason & pass the baton to Cory Schneider , I mean he was 16-4 , with a 2.25 GAA, pretty good #'s.If they don't use him, there just gonna lose him to another team who will start him.....sick of Luongo tanking under the pressure.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:01 am
 

Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

how about the fact bolland line has swallowed up the sedins?

Very true. I've mentioned it a couple of times but not too many people are talking about it.  For the last 2 games the Sedin twins have been nearly invisible.  You notice them doing a few things or getting some chances on the PP but 5 on 5 they've done nothing.  Heck, you could have played 3 lines 5 on 5 and benched them the last 2 games and barely noticed.
If the twins don't produce, it's going to be awfully tough for the Canucks to score goals.  Don't care how deep they are... the twins are a huge part of the Canuck's offense....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

However, if the Canucks want to advance, I believe that they do need to make the change right now for game 6.  If they win then they can always move back to Luongo for a different opponent.  Right now though, the Hawks just have Roberto's number and now they have his mind!!

Don't get me wrong.  It's not like I think it would be wrong to bench Luongo or that they shouldn't bench Luongo, I'm just saying that in my opinion it's not going to happen.   In professional sports you very rarely see a high profile and very highly paid athlete get benched for a rookie.  As fans we wish it would happen more often but it just isn't the case at all.... it almost never happens.    In Luongo's case they signed him to the richest deal a goalie has ever signed in the NHL..... for the last couple years his salary alone has been at 10 million dollars... TEN MILLION DOLLARS..athletes like Luongo don't get benched... almost ever.
After next season is where you might see the Canucks do something about Luongo if they don't win a Stanley Cup.  Schneider will be a RFA and to keep him it's going to cost the Canucks big dollars.  Luongo's salary drops to about 6.7 million and his cap hit is barely over 5 so somebody out there could trade for him at that time.  The Canucks won't get as much as people think they should for him but they might not care.... they'll have Schneider.
Right now it's not Schneider's time.. It's still Luongo's time....  I'd be blown away if Luongo doesn't start game 6 and even if they lose equally blown away if he doesn't start game 7 as well.   Will they pull him a bit sooner next time if he gives up a few goals???  Maybe..... but bench him? No way.....



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

If they bench Luongo he is DONE for his career in Vancouver.

They are still up 3-2 which they WOULD have taken when the series began.

What I think they will do (and should do) is just have him on a short leash. If they lose Game 6 and HE is the reason (not porous defense or non-existent offense) they MAYBE they should bench him for Game 7. If they lose Game 6 and it's NOT his fault they SHOULD start him in Game 7. It was NOT his fault they lost Game 4 or 5. Are the Hawks in his head? YEP. Has he ALWAYS folded under pressure in his ENTIRE career? Well after letting in a softish goal in the Gold Medal game in the Olympics for the tie he DID win the Gold. Maybe he needs his team to pick HIM UP for once.

Other forwards picking up the slack? Burrows has FEWER points in the series than Corey Crawford LOL.

I think the Hawks are in the heads of ALL the players AND coaches NOT just Luongo. The Hawks have been inconsistent all year maybe they will slide back again and give the series to Vancouver.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

of coarse you stick with loungo.how about maybe playing some defence for him?hawks scored on 2 breakaways and sharp missed on 2 breakouts,that's 4 in one game.loungo robbed the hawks in game 3,which the hawks dominated.this is the same vancouver team that starts taking penalties and cheapshots as soon as things start going wrong.how about the fact bolland line has swallowed up the sedins?loungo isnt the problem,they just let hossa walk through 4 guys and blast one in,the canucks are going nowhere even if they squeek by the hawks.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

The question is SHOULD the Canucks go away from Luongo.....Not WILL they go away from him.  The answer to this as an objective Hawks fan is YES.....they should.  Right now, they are putting their Stanley Cup hopes on his shoulders and he is obviously rattled after the last two games.....as well as the last two years!  This has nothing to do with benching the Sedin twins or not.  They are only 2 of 12 forwards dressing for a game opposed to only dressing 2 goalies.  The other forwards can pick up slack.  Luongo is not afforded that support.  I also agree that he has played great at times this series and really won them 2 of the first 3 games.  
However, if the Canucks want to advance, I believe that they do need to make the change right now for game 6.  If they win then they can always move back to Luongo for a different opponent.  Right now though, the Hawks just have Roberto's number and now they have his mind!!



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

Come on. Not just "Bobby Lou" has had a problem the last 2 games.

Are they going to bench the Sedins too? They have been awful since Bolland returned as well.

Actually Luongo tried to keep them IN last night by stopping TWO break-aways after it was already 3-0.

He won them Game 3 (how he wasn't one of the three stars proves they don't actually WATCH the game).



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

So, what makes you look more foolish: benching your overpaid goalie or stubbornly running him out on the ice to get blitzed again? We're not talking about an off night here. Luongo has been destroyed by the Hawks lately, and we all know he's soft mentally.

They will choose to stubbornly run him out on the ice and take the chance of this happening in game 6 as well as game 7.... wait and see.   It's my opinion there isn't a chance in hell Schneider starts even once in these playoffs.
If he gets hammered again on Sunday, Vignault will have to chose between protecting a horrible investment and protecting his own job.

There is no choice, he will choose Luongo over Schneider.   If I could I'd bet a ton of money Luongo starts game 6 and if necessary game 7... seriously,, no chance. 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Should Canucks go away from Luongo?

Yes, Luongo has a giant contract that makes it difficult to bench him. But here's the rub: everyone knows it's a wretched contract. Everyone knows it was a mistake to commit that much money to a goalie that has never been past the second round of the playoffs. So, what makes you look more foolish: benching your overpaid goalie or stubbornly running him out on the ice to get blitzed again? We're not talking about an off night here. Luongo has been destroyed by the Hawks lately, and we all know he's soft mentally. Things get to him. He cried after the Hawks sent him home last year. If he gets hammered again on Sunday, Vignault will have to chose between protecting a horrible investment and protecting his own job.



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