Because if Luongo doesn't get going before the end of the season, our chances of going on another deep run are going to be lowered significantly.
I know Canucks fans like to think that Schneider could just step in and lead us all the way. but that hasn't been proven at all yet. That is just as uncertain as Luongo regaining his form from last seasons playoffs.
Right now it's not about winning, it's more about getting everyone in our lineup at the level they need to be to win in the playoffs. And as of right now, Luongo isn't there yet, so he needs more games to get back on track.
Rather than pander to Lu"s needs and wants, I would like to see AV have the balls to put the team first and handle the goalies like Boston does.
i.e. Boston's last game...Turco starts; lets in some stinkers - gets pulled in favour of Thomas; Thomas lets in a couple softies - he gets pulled and Turco is back in. The message is clear to both goalies. "you are expected to be ready to play and to stop pucks!! If you don't, you will be pulled! I (the coach) will play whoever is doing the best job for the team. "
Earlier this season, Lu played really well after sitting for 7 games while Cory carried the team on his back. Cory has 5 bad minutes and he is pulled and Lu is back to being #1 no matter how he plays - BS!!
Lu should have been pulled at 3-2 lastnight. He was struggling with puck control and largely responsible for negating the team's strong start.
Park the ego and learn to come prepared to play. If he needs to work on things, that's what practises are for. Games should not be a "practise ground" for someonen that can't get their sh!t together. Not fair to the rest of the team (at least those that showed up).
The same standard should be upheld for the rest of the team as well which is why I think BIeksa and Raymond should see the press box and the Sedins minutes cut significantly. PLay the lines that are paying the price and making the effort. Watching Henrik waiving his stick around while Doan stood in front of the net and whacked continuously at the loose puck turned my stomach. Henrik isn't weak but that kind of play is SOFT!!
These guys gave up 5 goals to an offensively challenged, and injury riddled bottom place team. Imagine if they played like this against NYR, Pittsburgh, Nashville, St Lous etc. It would have been a blood bath!!!
Edited by DIBdaQUIB, 15 March 2012 - 03:23 PM.