When a guy publicly expresses his desire to have his tires pumped I think it's a little more than speculation. No, Luongo does have an ego..that's pretty evident, let's not kid ourselves about that. I personally don't mind it too much as long as it helps the team and doesn't get in the way of their success..like it did with the Thomas thing last year.
Speaking of feeding into the media BS.
Luongo shouldn't have said what he said and it bit him in the ass, but talk about making a mountain out of grain of sand.
Because the media (TSN) painted a picture of Canucks fans being too harsh on him..hence 'we' and 'bad guy'.
As they should.
Two riots in less than 20 years, and one of the most fickle fan bases you can find. Not to mention a silent, corporate crowd that need a playoff game to get going.
Luongo was jeered in one of the early games of the season, and was now jeered in the midst of what became a 7 game winning streak.
We're not talking about jeering him after a long stretch of shitty play, or shitting the bed in a huge game.
The timing is beyond ridiculous, and I don't buy any justifications for it.
From what I recall management/coaches were very sensitive to that issue worrying about his frame of mind by making such a move. Basically they wanted his approval and didn't exactly tear it off is chest..so to speak.
When is taking the captaincy away from a player you want to keep on your roster not a sensitive issue?
Did you want them to literally rip off the C?
But nope, it wasn't about having a combative spirit it was simply that Lu couldn't deal with further humiliation so he had to stay in..how does he reward the coach, with another 3 or 4 goals.
Granted the Schneider angle should be furthest from his mind at the time..but I still think it was selfish an ego driven.
Right, it was all about Luongo's ego, and it's so UNLIKE a starting goalie to offer up a start in the cup final to his back-up.
Could the coaching staff's insistence to start Luongo have anything to do with concern over how Cory would perform, especially when his previous start he made two big puck handling mistakes that resulted in goals, and he couldn't finish the game because he cramped up?
Luongo had 2 shutouts in the cup final, and I understood the argument to start Schneider in game 6, but Luongo was their guy, and deserved the chance to close out with the cup.
This time around, the leash won't be as long if the need arises.
Arm-chair-psychologist assumptions don't really strengthen an argument.