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Luongo becomes Canucks all-time winningest goaltender

Jan 21, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

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Despite all of the garbage thrown in Roberto Luongo’s general direction recently, sometimes people forget he’s been a pretty successful NHL goaltender. After setting the Florida Panthers’ franchise record for wins at his last stop, he’s now replicated the feat while wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey. With the Canucks 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, Luongo past Kirk MacLean on the all-time wins list for the Canucks.

It’s only appropriate that we pump his tires today after he earned his 212nd win for the Canucks. After all, that sounds a little more impressive than the 108 wins he had for the Panthers.

Luongo deflected the praise after the game. “It’s a great honor,” Luongo said. “We’ve had a great team here since I’ve been here. Looking forward to winning many more” That’s true—the Canucks have had some stacked teams since Luongo arrived in British Columbia in 2006. But whenever a goaltender is averaging 40 wins per season over the first five seasons with a new team, he’s probably doing something right.

Even last season, he and Cory Schneider won the Jennings Trophy in the regular season and he put up four shutouts in the playoffs. Of course, there are still fans that are going to question Luongo’s feats until he brings a Stanley Cup to the Pacific Northwest. But for a day, we’ll take a step back and pay respect to a man who’s performed at a pretty high level over the last five seasons.

  1. elvispocomo - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    It’s hard to swallow some of the bad performances (and the others where the team let him down and he couldn’t make exceptional saves to bail them out), but his stats have shown his true calibre. This year, he’s worked past the mental aspect, shown humility and retained his willingness to win.

  2. tommytd - Jan 22, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    That’s great…good for him…as long as he doesn’t face the Blackhawks he’s
    good-to-go…I think! LOL.

  3. blomfeld - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    “It’s only appropriate that we pump his tires today” …

    Perhaps, but it won’t take much for those tires to be slashed … trust me. I live in the heart of Canuckle Land here and I can tell you “firsthand” that there’s never been a more divisive or polarizing player than Luongo. Yes he’s a good goaltender and yes he’s amassed some impressive stats. But given the caliber of the team playing in front of him, that’s hardly a surprise. On the contrary, it could be argued that probably “half” of the league’s starting netminders would have amassed similar totals, were they to have donned a Canucks jersey during this period. What remains to be seen is whether or not Luongo can backstop his team the “full distance” when it counts ? … something which he’s so far proven himself to be completely incapable of. The “window of opportunity” for the Canucks may stay open here for another 1-2 years at the most. Therefore Luongo had better be ready to finally “deliver the goods” this spring, otherwise he and his fat contract could be sent packing as soon as this summer.

  4. hsnepts - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    For the short memories out there: the Vancouver team in fron of Lou hasn’t always been stacked. During Lou’s first season in Vancouver, the pundits had us pegged to finish near the bottom of the West. We had no offense. Instead we topped the division and made the second round of the playoffs, despite not being able to score. We were forever being called a 1-man team (Luongo). Next year we missed the playoffs, mainly because our entire defense was on the IR. The Sedins emerged that year as point-per-game players, but we were still called a 1-man team. It was only during Lou’s 3rd season with the team, when the Sedin’s started putting up all-star numbers, and Kes and Burr outgrew their 3rd line checker roles, that the team in front of Lou has actually been stacked.

    Hey, whether or not you think Lou has what it takes to win a cup, that’s another debate. But his all-time stats are worthy of respect.

    His 327 wins is 19th among all-time goalies. He will finish his carrer in the top 10. Did Cujo ever win a cup? I can’t remember. All the other G’s in the top 10 al-time wins have cups I think…

    his career .919 save percentage is 5th among all-time goalies (min 100 games played) – at least since the early 80’s when they started recording this stat.

    And it should be remembered that Lou has built these stats with mostly mediocre teams. He’s only had a contending team in front of him for 3 of is 12 seasons.

    Its been argued that Loungo is a great ‘bad-team’ goalie – that the more shots he faces the better he plays. The stats would back that up.

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