Vegas_Nucks_Fan wrote:I hope to hell this isn't the case, but who is the media going to blame?
Well, Kesler of course.
On a more serious note, however, I don't think this year's edition of the 'Nucks bears anywhere near the fan and media expectations of the immediately departed "core".
Nobody, is calling these guys cup contenders. In the West those teams are Anaheim, San Jose, Calgary, Nashville and maybe, maybe, Detroit.
The expectation bar hasn't been this low for a 'Nucks squad since the Messier era.
If we miss the playoffs this season, no big deal. This was a "rebuilding year". Nobody's gonna lose their job over it - except maybe Nonis.
With three utterly wet-behind-the-ears blueliners in front of him, no matter what happens, Luongo basically gets a pass this season.
But if perchance we make the playoffs . . . it's hero-worship time baby!
I'm not worried about the pressure on Luongo one iota.
Heck, think of all the atrocious, savage, craptacular, self-immolative mockeries of parodies of indignities committed against the great sport of hockey in clutch games by the dearly departed Dan Cloutier.
(Interlude - God I love saying that. "The dearly departed Dan Cloutier." Heck, allow me to repeat it again! "The dearly departed Dan Cloutier." Wow! Trust me boys, this feels better than the finest flaked Peruvian cocaine!)
Despite all those house of cards impersonations in the playoffs, it took years of determined effort for us to deservedly run that charlatan out of town.
Now, if Luongo suddenly starts letting weak shots from centre or 40 footers from Darby Hendrickson by him in playoff games, I'll concede that things could get rocky. But, rest assured, Roberto will get at least as many second (and third, and fourth and fifth . . .)chances as Dan the Man did.
Modo vincis, modo vinceris.