Rumsfeld wrote:The notion that Luongo is anything more than an average playoff goalie is pants-on-head retarded at this point.
Is that, short-pants or regular-pants, retarded?
An ELITE goalie, IMO, is a goalie who, at least once or twice a playoff, steals games for his team in which his team is being outplayed, outshot and outchanced. How many times has Lou done that in the playoffs? Have we ever even won a playoff game with Lou in net in which we were badly outplayed?
Luongo very rarely steals games, has never stolen a series, and has an alarmingly frequent tendency to get absolutely lit up by weak shot after weak shot.
This I will have to disagree with and point to 2007 against Dallas. He completely outplayed Turco, who was considered to be one of the NHL's elite at that point. And we eliminated Dallas, who were the favorites to win that series going in. Our offense was non-existent thanks to a coach who had yet to be Gillis'd and we ended up playing some very long over-time games that round. Of course he then pulled the cork on his very own bottle of playoff choke wine and decided to watch the ref rather than the puck. It's true that Luongo has gotten almost no love from the officiating in this league, but that is besides the point and by no means does it excuse him.
I actually think that the injury he suffered two seasons ago is when his game really turned south. He quit coming across the net the way he used to, he was more prone to spread out on his belly, and he lost about 2 inches on either side of his pads when down in the butterfly. He totally lost the ability to steal a game for us, and any confidence he had left evaporated in the 2nd round against Chicago. From there on out he was No-Show Lou when we needed him to be No-Goal Lou, and the media hounds and fans began to circle like vultures. The added pressure from his family, the new goalie coach, the fact that he was about to be pushed (and then was last year) by Schneider, and also pressure from management, as well as his own competitive drive and pride, have simply taken too great a toll on Luongo. Vancouver is just not a good fit for him anymore, he is a goalie that will thrive in a smaller market where there is less expectation from the fans and media.
This is not a slight against him either IMO. There are only 2 goalies that I can think of in the last 10-15 years that have handled the media scrutiny and pressure to win without batting an eye. Brodeur and Roy, both had teams in front of them that were elite, the Devil's were shutdown experts, and the Sakic/Forsberg lead Av's were stacked from head-to-toe. Hasek is a distant 3rd who never won a cup until he was playing behind the Red Wing's dynasty, but always turned in strong performances when the chips were down and got Buffalo all the way to the finals only to lose on a blown call.