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Why Roberto Luongo makes a world of sense for Chicago

Jul 26, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

If there’s one issue in Chicago based on performances last year, it’s in goal. Both Corey Crawford and Ray Emery played very average and when you’re a team whose goal is to win the Stanley Cup, that’s just not going to get it done.

This offseason has seen one big name goalie made available through a trade in Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and the Blackhawks apparently have interest. The question remaining here is: Why aren’t they making a bigger push to land him?

We know all about the Chicago-Vancouver rivalry and how the Blackhawks have found ways to get into Luongo’s head but when you boil down the numbers, Luongo makes Chicago perhaps the best team in the West.

If you take the numbers he put up last year in Vancouver and put a goalie of that caliber in the Windy City (.919 SV% , 2.41 GAA), suddenly Chicago isn’t just fighting for a playoff spot, they’re probably sitting atop the conference. Compare that to what Crawford did last season (.903 SV%, 2.72 GAA) and it’s a stark improvement.

Then again, the issue here might not be with Chicago, it could be all on Vancouver. After all, why would the Canucks want to find a way to help a chief rival out with a glaring issue? While the Blackhawks have reportedly dangled Dave Bolland to Vancouver, you’d have to imagine the price for Chicago to deal with them would be a bit higher.

  1. canucks18 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I have been thinking this entire article for the last few months. And one big question mark for me is Dave Bolland!!! After all the stuff that has gone on between him and members of the core players on the Canucks, how would he “gel” with the guys in the locker room???

    • DTF31 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      They’re professionals. I’m sure it would all work out.

  2. comeonnowguys - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I can’t disagree more.

    He’s a house of sticks, he’ll stand most of the time, but all it take is one big storm and he collapses, which is exactly what the Blackhawks don’t need. And then, of course, the Chicago media and fanbase would eat him alive, and it only goes further downhill from there.

    Not Bolland. Maybe Kane if ONLY to get that potential nightmare out of town, but other than that edge case, that kind of risk is barely with a third-liner not named Bolland.

    • nobandwagoners - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Kane for Luongo, straight-up. Both have tantalizing skill coupled with some warts. Both teams would benefit in such a trade. Plus it’d make for some great story lines for years to come.

      • paledevil - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Not in the joshua tress lifetime Not in ten tortise lifetimes Well maybe in the Neoproterozoic period Luongo is bigger Take Your 1st and 2nd pick so you can raise to be Nucks…

    • you4real - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Because the Vancouver media and fanbase go much easier on their players?

  3. hellcatshockey - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Take the last 3 years’ worth of Playoff stats for Luongo and compare them to Crawford’s and Emery’s and you might be surprised. Emery has the best numbers (GAA and Save Percentage), then Crawford. Why give up a top 9 Forward (and probably a draft pick) and then agree to pay Luongo double what Emery and Crawford make (combined) for someone with a higher Playoff GAA and lower Playoff Save Percentage? Reminds me of when teams like Buffalo and Toronto went after Grant Fuhr later in his career.

    • desertfan - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Grant Fuhr could care less about all stats except WINS

  4. fortwaynekomets - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    keep Kane. Give Crawford a shot at redemption. Emery played great last year as well. people forget he took Sens to the Cup finals in 07.

    • desertcruiser - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      People forget because it was a long time ago.

  5. freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    “when you’re a team whose goal is to win the Stanley Cup” – your answer is definitvely not Bobby Lou

  6. paledevil - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Sure for a draft pick or two …

    But here’s the thing.We in Chicago are coming off a couple two three of goalie fiascos. That alone magnify’s noise level from the forensic production auditors of the Chicago message boards His contract is a beast of nature. While done correctly it is a franchise contract to be somewhere that long …. While i wholeheartedly endorse keeping the band together Long term there is 2 looming extensions that need to be done before we can lock up this guy for 7 years speaking long term

    Beyond that he needs to prove himself again that can be best accomplished on a 500 team Honestly i thought he wanted in on that new casino so a deal would be done with Florida If that is the case He should simply say to DT “I will work with you” and renegotiate after he is traded…. IF thats where he wants to be and IF he wants in on the casino . DT has that kind of pull with the players

    To summarize get the heck outa here! no way for anything over 2 picks 1 bad year and the fans will be screaming buyout

  7. ineedmorehossa - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Luongo to Chicago isn’t an improvement for Chicago, it’s just a speculative story that takes up space on prohockeytalk.

  8. cameltoews - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Emery played great? I would LOVE to know what emery you were watching. I agree give Crawford one more chance before you start blowing up the team for another sh!t goalie.

  9. jpat2424 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Keep him. Don’t get bobby Lu anywhere close to Chicago. And I’m not giving up Bolland for him.

  10. xaf605 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    You people that think trading kane for greasy lou have lost your damn mind

  11. sergeikremlin - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Biggest conference rivals. Not happening. Beyond that, I don’t see the pieces Vancouver is looking for available in a return from CHI. But the rivalry is a deal breaker.

  12. bhawksrule - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    I’d take Roberto Luongo over Corey Chokeford any day.
    The change of scenery would be nice for Lou. Chicago fans won’t hate him once he starts putting up numbers that don’t even compare to CC will ever put up.

    Luongo choked in playoffs cuz they were always #1 seed and the city of vancouver sucks.
    Crawford choked in playoffs cuz he gave up two of the SOFTEST overtime goals i’ve ever seen as a hockey fan.

    Get luongo now before you have another mediocre season with crawford and end up in the same situation next year.

  13. blakechandler - Jul 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Lou will be 33 in April and his contract extends to 2022, and you guys went to trade Kane or Bolland for him?

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