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Poll: Is Luongo on track for the Hall of Fame?

Aug 17, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

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A lot of things come to mind when you hear the name Roberto Luongo.

Naturally, there’s the goalie battle he had with Cory Schneider as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, which only seems odder today. One might also think of his often-hysterical and frequently self-deprecating Twitter feed. Even Luongo hates his lengthy contract, so that tends to cloud judgments about him, too. Few really throw the phrase “Hall of Fame” around, though.

There’s a pretty solid argument that people should, even if goalies tend to face a tougher road to the HHOF than skaters. Let’s take a quick look at some of his credentials and maybe a few minuses:

  • He owns a couple gold medals and was the starter in Canada’s 2010 thrilling win.
  • In the last decade, only Martin Brodeur’s 323 wins tops Luongo’s 318. He’s nearing 400 in his career as he sits with 373.
  • It’s not just about wins, though; his individual stats are solid too. Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist both average a .920 save percentage since 2003-04, leaving them in select company as truly reliable “elites.”
  • Luongo put up strong numbers on a bad team (Florida) and in a hockey hotbed (Vancouver).
  • That said, many will hold a high-profile down note or two against him. Most notably, Luongo struggled in the last five games of that memorable 2011 Stanley Cup Final. He combined a Game 5 shutout with losses in which he allowed three goals twice, four tallies once and a whopping eight in Game 3. The Chicago Blackhawks also gave him fits over the years.
  • Also, as stable and solid as Luongo’s been, he’s never won a Vezina Trophy. Some voters gravitate toward flashier numbers and awards, after all.

At 35, Luongo still has plenty of time to add trophies and wins to his potential Hall of Fame resume. Still, it’s fun to prognosticate based on his current path and ask if he’s worthy of Hall of Fame induction.

  1. stcrowe - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    At this point, he wouldn’t get in during his first year of eligibility, unless it was a thin year, but I could see him getting it in his second or third year. If he wins a Stanley Cup before his career ends, he might get in during his first year.

  2. mattyg89 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    I’m a hawks fan and I always got nervous when we saw him. I would vote yes because hall of fame careers are forged over the life of said career, not just what’s done in the playoffs. Yes he hasn’t won a cup but not everyone does. I agree with the above comment that I doubt he will be a first ballot selection but he, so far, has every statistical right to earn a selection.

  3. micasa81 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Aside from the no Cup issue, there are two things that weigh against Luongo making the HOF.

    1) During his first stint in Florida, not even his phenomenal performances in goal were enough to take his team anywhere or win him any hardware. E.g., in 2004, he pulled a .931, and his team missed the playoffs by 16 points! He won 25 games (out of 73 appearances), and 7 of those wins (or 28%) were shutouts! The Vezina winner that year was (surprise, surprise) Marty B, with a .917.

    2) Once he was on a team that could make the playoffs, he had a few exceptionally bad playoff performances that really sucked the wind out of his team. Nobody will remember his 2007 playoffs, in which he pretty much singlehandedly got the Canucks to the second round and posted a .941, because the Canucks proceeded to get chewed up by the eventual Stanley Cup Champions that year. Instead, people will remember the blowout losses to Chicago and Boston.

    But aside from Brodeur, there’s been no bigger workhorse of a goalie in the past 15 years, and that should count for something. If he manages to put up another 5 strong seasons, I think he should deserve consideration even if he doesn’t win a Cup or a Vezina. If he wins either of those two things, I think he’ll probably get in.

  4. pone27 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I think its funny how much people really hate on Luongo. I feel like its predominately Canucks fans, so that’s why I pretty much laugh at the hatred towards him.

    But anyone who has been around since Day 1 of this career on Long Island (yes, I am from LI, but a Hawks fan,) until now will tell you, he is without a doubt a top 3 goaltender during his reign.

    Look at the career stats, and look at the teams he has played for. Luongo in Florida (prior to now) was an absolute beast. He is without a doubt, a top 5 netminder still in this league, and for many previous years.

    Micasa, another 5 more years!?!?! He has been a year in and out top 5 minder in the league for arguably a decade… He needs to do it for another 5/20 years?!?! Come on..

    Nucks fans can hate all they want. He is the reason why they even came close to kissing the cup

  5. jacketsfan7 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Agreed with all of you, you really beat me to the punch there, I say if luongo can take the panthers to the playoffs at least once in the next 3 years and for the rest of his career he can maintain at LEAST a 3.00GAA and a .900 save% he’s in

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      You LEAST #s are too poor – .900 is a “not very good” backup goalies territory. Especially when you consider voters may well remember recent performance more highly. While his GAA will be limited by his teams puck posession ability or lack of, his save % will need to be materially higher. .915 at least

      • alliceishome - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        Brodeur is a lock for first ballot HOF, and his numbers the past few years have around .900

  6. spitfisher - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Luongo, Hall of fame…….for what?

  7. emperorzero - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    People might get excited by the gold medals, but I’m sorry, it’s freakin’ Canada – if they don’t win the gold something has gone horribly wrong.

    If they make the Hall of Steady, I’ll be the first one to vote him in.

  8. blomfeld - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    YES ! … AND GOMER PYLE SHOULD HEAD NATO !!!

    Friends, even though I’m officially on ‘summer leave’ here from PHT, I’m nonetheless ‘obliged’ to weigh in on the petulant, over-rated, narcissistic, self-absorbed ‘POS’ jerk known as Roberto Luongo. LOL ! This win-less turd could retire ‘tomorrow’ and he’d still be pulling in close to a ‘mil’ per year from the Canucks for the next decade ! Anyway, you’ve just gotta love it, as time truly is the ‘eternal’ advocate of righteous truth when dealing with such matters …

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    blomfeld – Aug 28, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    A ‘DIVA’ EH ? …

    Well then, let’s get down to brass tacks. The bottom line is that Robero Luongo makes Lindsay Lohan look like Walter Cronkite. And as laughable as that may be, what’s truly ‘pathetic’ are the many sheep who still idolize this petulant, self-centered, inconsiderate ‘yea me’ 13 year old little girl trapped in a grown man’s body. Even now the idiot can’t give a straight answer to his adoring flock by simply stating that ‘he will’ report to training camp as opposed to saying I ‘intend’ to report to training camp. Right now on the radio here in Vancouver, TEAM 1040 is conducting a poll asking the local faithful if they believe Roberto Luongo to be a diva ? … and as of 20 minutes ago, over 40% of Canuck Nation have answered ‘yes’ to the question ! Can you imagine how high that figure would be if the question was posed to hockey fans at large? … I suspect somewhere north of 90% …

    Anyway, as I said earlier, when Luongo does finally pull the rug from under the feet of you Canuckle heads and ‘bolts’ back to Florida, you people are going to look more stupid than some Dairy Queen sales rep trying to peddle his goods in Antarctica !

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    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    GO LUONGO !!!

    GO SWAMPS AND ALLIGATORS !!!

    GO ‘HOCKEY MAD’ FLORIDA AND THEIR CUP-LESS ‘CRY-BABY’ GOALIE !!!

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:23 AM

      “Friends, even though I’m officially on ‘summer leave’ here from PHT, … ”

      What friends? Frankly, I wish you were on permanent leave from PHT. What a depressing sight to log on this morning and see your inane, insane posts.

      • govtminion - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:24 AM

        I owe you a beer, Pat.

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        :)

  9. 19inarow - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    When I think of HOF goaltenders, I think of Dryden, Smith, Fuhr, Roy, Belfour, Brodeur, Hasek. I’m all for Lu being successful, but he just doesn’t fit in with that group. Even if Hasek had never one a Cup, he’d have been a no-duh-shoe-in.

    • 19inarow - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      Yet he is among the best that this generation has had to offer.

  10. ironmd778 - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Hall Of Fame?? Give me a freaking break. What an insult to the HOF.

  11. govtminion - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Tough call. His record is impressive, and he does have the Olympic success going for him… but, he’s played for some bad teams that haven’t allowed him playoff success- when he has gone, he hasn’t picked up the big prize- though admittedly he got VERY close in ’11.

    50/50. I wouldn’t be opposed if he got in, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t. Sadly, unless Florida trades him somewhere, I don’t think he’s going to get another shot before the end of his career- the Panthers don’t look to be gearing up for a playoff run of any kind very soon.

  12. Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I think he’ll be in the same boat as Eric Lindros and Chris Osgood. He’s good enough to get in, but he’ll there’s a lot of players ahead of them on the waiting list.

  13. pastabelly - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    The defining moments of his career are not very good. Lundqvist has never won a Cup, but is the better of the two. It’s not just about the cup. Henrik gets in without one.

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