Roberto Luongo: The Rodney Dangerfield of Hockey

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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5 Responses

  1. peanutflower says:

    Well said.  Luongo needs some lovin from the fans and the media.  History has made Captain Kirk bigger and better than he was.  If any goalie could have won with “the team in front of him” it would have been that 1994 run.  The numbers don’t lie, Luongo is the best goalie the Canucks have ever had.  Good for Schneider to back him up, literally and figuratively.  Come on, Canucks fans!  Give Bobby Lu his due! 

  2. peanutflower says:

    Well said.  Luongo needs some lovin from the fans and the media.  History has made Captain Kirk bigger and better than he was.  If any goalie could have won with “the team in front of him” it would have been that 1994 run.  The numbers don’t lie, Luongo is the best goalie the Canucks have ever had.  Good for Schneider to back him up, literally and figuratively.  Come on, Canucks fans!  Give Bobby Lu his due! 

  3. alviator says:

    Two words: Goalie Graveyard. 

  4. John says:

    He is damn good but the media has tagged him as an underachiever, and every time someone scores against him they wonder if he’s about to have a mental meltdown. When the media chooses how to portray someone, there is no changing their collective mind, no matter how off base they are. It’s not fair, but it’s the way it is.

  5. Dirtyjoel says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Anyone tooting the Luongo horn unconditionally and bashing the realists is delusional and looks like a Leafs fans. Luongo isn’t a bad goalie but between his salary and his average play he is no way the best player on our team.
    In the 2011 regular season we were the best team in the league. Most goals for, least against blah blah blah. Yes, we are in the western conference finals now but considering the year we’ve had with the best team ever assembled anything short of Lord Stanleys cup is a failure. Who are we? The San Jose Sharks?Comparing Luongo to McLean? In 1994 the Canucks seeded 7th in the playoffs finishing 27 points behind league leading and future Stanley Cup champions New York Rangers. You want to know the stats? In regular season McLean had a GGA of 2.99 with a .891 sv% which is pretty average for a goalie playing on a team squeaking into the playoffs. But guess what? In the playoffs, during that historic 1994 Stanley Cup run, McLean stole it. The numbers might be shocking considering he was just a blue collar goalie who finished one win away from hoisting the Cup.McLean in 1994 playoffs – 4 SO, 2.29 GGA and .928SV%Luongo so far in 2011 – 2 SO, 2.28GGA and .917SV%To me those stats look pretty similar until you compare the caliber of player each one of these men are and the team in front of them. We (2011) have one of the best defences you could ask for and we have the best TEAM in the playoffs.At the end of the day Luongo gets all the criticism because he is in a position to get it. No one asks for a perfect outting every single game but this is the NHL. The players are already at the top of their game. It can be said Lou IS the top but it is EXPECTED he makes saves. That’s his job! It’s the giving up the bad goals that is worrisome. We were one goal away from not even being in this tournament and Nashville scored the most ridiculous goals game after game. Not from good plays but from exploiting what they knew. Nashville at times seemed to score more goals from behind the net than in front.Love the Canucks and love Luongo but when the game is close and you feel that tightening of your anal sphincter remember that you have reasonable doubt Lou will let in a joke of a goal because he has. And more than once.I cheer for the Canucks and I cheer for Bobby Lou but I will get mad, yell and point out the ridiculous play when it’s warranted. Whether it’s the forwards, defence or god forbid Roberto Luongo. Take off the blindfold and give your head a shake. 

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