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They’re not booing, they’re LOUing: Luongo gets the hook against Oilers

Oct 25, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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Roberto Luongo faced 14 shots through 27 minutes against the Edmonton Oilers. After giving up three goals on four shots in the second period, Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault saw enough, ended the pain, and gave Luongo the hook.

For fans who were hoping that Luongo would bounce back to silence the naysayers, this isn’t exactly the type of performance they were looking to see against their Northwest rival. Then again, for fans in 29 other cities who love chaos, things couldn’t get any better in Vancouver. Luongo looks awful, Cory Schneider comes in to save the day, and Luongo’s contract remains just as awful as the day he signed it.

To recap for those just joining us: Luongo’s been bad all season. His goals against average puts him in the company of guys like Ty Conklin and Steve Mason — his save percentage looks more like an AHL goaltender. Both would be bad enough on their own, but the man behind him isn’t making life any easier for Luongo in Vancouver. While Luongo has struggled in the majority of his starts, back-up Cory Schneider has been putting up stats that put him among the league’s elite.

How much longer before the Canucks do something with Luongo? Is there any scenario where Schneider could become the starter in Vancouver? At this point, is there any team in the entire league that would take Luongo and his ridiculous contract?

  1. danphipps01 - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Well, from a cap perspective, there’s no reason they CAN’T switch the two, at least in the immediate future. I guess the strategy would be: frontline Schneider, make it clear to Luongo that he’s now the dedicated backup and hope to all the gods he waves that NTC in a rage. Then, see how much Florida’s willing to give up in yet another hilariously one-sided trade. Or, barring that… well, there are always teams in need of goalies and his choke-fu may hurt his value, but his Olympic gold, Vezina candidacy and game seven Finals performance would probably still get him to go for adequate value. At the end of the day, a lot of GMs would still probably chance his magical choking powers in exchange for the chance that he continues posting regular season numbers like the last three. Come Schneider’s contract expiry, though… well, then they’re pretty well boned. Lack’s still developing and Luongo would be stuck there with no incentive to leave. Do it now or stick it out ’till 2022, basically. D:

  2. warpstonebc - Oct 26, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Amusing and somewhat ignorant when a blogger who didn’t watch the game “reports” about a goalie’s performance. At least two of the three goals against Luongo (#1 and #3) were simply no hopers. The third one especially was criminal for the way the Canucks D looked completely out of touch with the speed of the play. Yes, Luongo and Hamhuis were largely ay fault for goal #2.

    This sort Luongo bashing is getting old for anyone who watched him get hung out to dry on all 4 Rangers goals. Cory Schneider benefits from a more conservative defensive commitment. If you want answers, point to Vigneault and particularly Rick Bowness (the assistant in charge of defencemen) who have watched their backline play disintegrate since the game 3 of the Cup finals.

    Any idiot can blame the goalie based on numbers. Look deeper and you’ll find the core strength of the Canucks last season was their ability to play a quick transition game. That’s not there anymore. Worse, their defencemen are now often caught flat-footed and getting burned badly on the rush. That’s the story in Vancouver. Not shoddy stat poaching like this post.

    • trbowman - Oct 26, 2011 at 1:49 AM

      OK, Mrs. Luongo.

      • warpstonebc - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:08 AM

        Hilarious.

        The best part about goalie controversies? They point knee-jerk fans who have no concept of how plays break down.

        That’s the real shame of the Luongo scapegoating. It reveals a fanbase and media environment that’s so infantile, it can’t even understand that the ignorance towards a goalie’s play versus other contributing factors will doom any successor too.

  3. polegojim - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    The answer Matt, is Yes. I’d bet a plethora of teams would be ready to welcome him with open nets.

    What many of these ‘supposed’ Vancouver fans so quickly forget, is that Luongo is one of the main reasons for their past success. Nice lack of loyalty there folks. Keep your head hung low.

    You know what? If Vancouver fans as whole are really that shortsighted, then Luongo truly deserves better. What Luongo wants and deserves is a new venue and a fresh start.

    Vancouver should set him free. Then, they can sit back and watch him enjoy standing on his head, stoning you each time you oppose him. Hopefully, he’ll be traded to another Western Conf team, stealing a couple games from you in the playoffs and send you home with the Presidents Trophy, while he wins a Stanley Cup. That would be poetic hockey justice.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 26, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    If he gets traded before the deadline I win a 24 of Canadian

  5. cshearing - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    I would think the Blue Jackets would be open to a Luongo trade. They need to make a splash, and if they don’t make the play-offs this year, they GM and coach are most likely done. Desperate times and all that.

    Mason, Johanson + a 1st?

    • cshearing - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:01 AM

      I should note that I am not suggesting Vancouver should trade Luongo, but if they were too, Columbus might be the place to look.

      Plus, that should be Johansen. Ryan Johansen.

  6. comeonnowguys - Oct 26, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    How many times does this have to happen before “isolated incident” can no longer be used?

  7. balewsquare - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    I haven’t been on here to post in a while, but as a hockey fan, I must say I like these new writers. As a Hawks fan, I must say I appreciate the willingness of hometown bashing.

    As the first poster noted, the situation will only get worse. They will only have Schneider for so long. Whether it’s defense or whatever, a goalie making 10mill shouldn’t even leave room to debate whether his backup is more capable.

  8. t16rich - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Eddie Lack!!! The Canucks real goalie of the future.

    • imleftcoast - Oct 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

      Totally true. Luongo to Detroit for Lidstrom.

  9. t16rich - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    In my opinion though Lu deserves to be starter. Unless this continues outside October. He is a scapegoat. In all 4 Bruins losses not only was he bad but the defense was just as bad if not worse. No one mentions that. He would have needed 3 shutouts to win that series. And what about Corey Schnieder single handedly giving the blackhawks a game 7 oppurtunity. His stick handling in game 6 of the black hawk series was reminiscint of Lu’s. Hahaha, awful. He coughed 2 goals up himself in a game Vancouver dominated. Schneider is boss right now and definatly deserves to start more and a few playoff games here and there, especially on the road. But I personally believe Lu is the guy and him and Schneider will dominate this year.

  10. bertilfox - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    C’mon people..all he needs is for someone to “Pump his tires”!

  11. whatswellydoing - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    I’m so, so tired of hearing about Luongo. He ALWAYS starts slow. Every year. Crappy Octobers, amazing Novembers. How have people not figured this out yet?

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