Blob Mckenzie wrote:If this team wants to take it all they are going to need both goalies picking up some wins. No way Luongo can or should play in 25 games again this year. Its way too much travel and wear and tear. When the Ducks won in 07 I believe Giguere only played 18 games. I believe he was injured or may have had issues with his son ??? and that contributed to somewhat to his lower games played total. That said i'm a firm believer in the travel having a big effect on the west coast teams and there has only been one west coast team win the cup.
Canucks should have shaved two or three games off their playoff schedule in the first two rounds last year and put the boots to the Hawks and the Predators. They also would have saved themselves a lot of bird time as well. One wonders how things may have turned out is they had only played 15 games going into the finals instead of 18.
I will cheer for both goalies and I only hope AV is a little quicker on the draw if/when Luongo shits the bed.
agreed in general
I think losing those games really hurt more than a lot of people gave credit for last year...
lets hope they have learned to bear down better this year.
wienerdog wrote:I think a big part of the stuff that RL goes through with the public - and to some extent the media - is because the dude is a freak.
You all know what I mean: his weird aloof demeanour, his shifty-eyed answers on camera, his ill-timed (and just flat out dumb) comments in the Finals, that bizarre poetry reading stuff he did on CBC, even just the un-natural way he wore the mantle of the captaincy.
He's basically just a socially awkward dude - some might even say arrogant - and it prevents him from being 'lovable' to most. I'm a believer that this has a lot to do with Luo's relationship to fans and media not only in this town, but around the NHL.
He also has that on-off thing - either he's totally water-tight, or he leaks like a Vancouver 80's condo. No in-between, and he gets absolutely punished for the extreme nature of this Jekyll / Hyde aspect of his play.
I'll just throw in here that he's even a bit weird looking to boot - deep set eyes with dark circles under them, a big beak of a nose, greasy hair.
And now cap that off with the cherry: that Luongo could beat any of the Italian national soccer players in a diving competition.
Let's just say that the marketing guys have had their work cut out for them to sell this guy as (one of) the Face(s) of the Franchise.
[as and aside - just for the record here, I actually like Luongo. I've strangely come to be comfortable with his weirdness, even if most fans aren't. I also empathize with the fact that he's a guy that wears his emotions on his sleeve - and is clearly upset when fans "boo" him; it hurts his performance as an athlete, unfortunately, but it does make him more human]
A few times since the Luongo deal this post has come to mind.