Hockey Widow wrote:And what about Luongo when he's done? I mean if he plays out his contract and all of that.
Lou is right on the border in my opinion.
If Lou wins a Vezina or a Hart trophy, then absolutely.
If not however, then I'm going to have to definitely say 'no.'
That's just me though.
My only problem with Lou is that his massive meltdowns between 2009-2011 are going to be hard to ignore......and yes, I realize that he also had many brilliant performances during that time span as well......most noticeably, in 2011.
Lou's unbelievable performance in Game 5 of the 2011 cup finals, followed by Game 6 of the 2011 cup finals, is exactly how I view the Luongo situation in its entirety. It's tough to discern him for me because in the playoffs, his performances have just been so extreme on both ends. One moment, he's Martin Brodeur in his prime. The next game, he looks like the twin of Marc Andre Fleury 2013. Everyone knows that in Game 6 of the 2011 Cup Finals, the Canucks were taking the game to Boston in those first 5 minutes (If Sedin had buried that open net, who knows where things could have gone from there). However - that Marchand goal on Lou was just something that true championship calibre "rafter" players DO NOT LET IN. Furthermore, if in the instance that a goal like that DOES go in on championship calibre goalie, they are mentally resilient enough to move forward rather than letting that one goal bug them..........as opposed to letting in 2 more garbage goals.
It's the reason why there is such a wide range of opinion on Luongo. Both sides have tremendously valid points.
The "stats" crowd tend to be very pro Luongo. The "intuitive" crowd however, that considers other factors (i.e. breaking down Lou's stats in games that could be considered 'clutch') tend to be on the hesitant side. The clowns in Alberta and Toronto however, tend to believe that Lou is garbage.
It is a little ironic that in Luongo's two greatest wins (i.e. Olympic Gold Medal Game, Chicago Game 7), that Luongo let in goals in the last minute (although I do concede that the Olympics was far more Scott Niedermayer's fault rather than Luongo's.........but still, a truly elite goalie would have stopped that puck 9 times out of 10........because it's what true winners do).
However - since this organization has rewarded mediocrity in the past with Smyl and Linden, then Luongo probably deserves to be there based on that alone. Unlike Smyl and Linden, Luongo is widely considered a superstar not only in Vancouver......but outside of Vancouver as well.
For me - Luongo gets a resounding and thundering "Fuck no" from me............unless he wins a Vezina or a Hart.