GoalieDad wrote:This isn't news to you, I'm sure, but those numbers ARE the reason he was a Vezina finalist. Those numbers are also virtually indistinguishable from Schneider's last season. Both Goalies recorded those numbers behind the most productive offense / stingiest defence / Pesidents Trophy Winning / record-setting, regular season Masters. And I know, I know ... Schneider played fewer games and blah, blah, blah. I don't want to re-launch that debate. I'm just passing on what has been communicated to me by the Coaches with whom I've spoken. Despite Luongo's glitzy numbers they are uniformly unimpressed.
And another point I'll mention, none of those Coaches ever reference those numbers (wins, Save %,, GAA) when they are analyzing/evaluating the state of a goalies game, good or bad. In other words, they seem to base their evaluations on something other than the "numbers" that everyone else relies on to heap praise or scorn. At the very least, I'd say that's interesting.
Yeah it is interesting... but I'm not sure I'd hire them. A lot of the talk last season was about Luongo having his style tweaked, and how it was showing dividends by the end of the season. Obviously numbers don't tell the whole story, and the team in front of him was one for the ages... but I don't know how one could be so unimpressed by a goalie that was almost certainly a top-5 guy in the world for a good portion of last season.
I guess that's fine if it's their profession to work with goalies. I'm sure most power skating coaches are uniformly unimpressed with the Sedins lack of foot speed... I guess the only thing that should matter to us fans is results, and thankfully we have a perennial Vezina contender being backed up by a guy that just might have some of that in his future. It's certainly a good problem to have.