Willie Mitchell Offers His Thoughts On Luongo
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:07 PM
So he is better than when he was 2006. Having said that, as good as Luongo's been this year ... Schneider was better. Schneider is younger, technically stronger, and mentally stronger.
Luongo learned to the play butterfly style since joining in 2006. Schneider grew up playing the new butterfly style. Its not a question of Luongo not playing as well ... its a matter of today's younger goalies' are better trained in the new butterfly style.
Most of the new goalies today (under 25)
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:13 PM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:27 PM
Man, i wish we still had Mitchell. He's a class act and he is the type of defender we sorely need right now. Maybe he will come back to Vancouver one day.
I'd love to have him back. It's kind of awkward wearing my Canucks Mitchell jersey right now...
Props to canuckbuddy for the sig
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:31 PM
I just hope this isn't distracting the team's focus. Lu has been great on games 1 and 2 but LA knows his weak spots. Thus, LA is able to score against him more easily and giving us the disadvantage to come back up (considering we have been having a lot of troubles scoring during the season). However, LA never played against Canucks with Schneids on the net until game 3. I think now, they are trying to figure out how to solve him. I would rather have them score 1 goal than 4 goals in the remaining 3 games.
As much as I would love Lu to come back and play again sometime this series, our chances of winning the next 3 games is greater with Schneids on net. What matters right now each that we come out of the next games with a win. Everything else should be halted until the end of the series.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:39 PM
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:59 PM
Like I've said many times, Luongo will be run out of this town like Naslund before him because he was blamed for many things that were clearly not his fault.
Oh well this is just the way things are here in Vancouver, fans who can't appreciate what they have. We'll be having this discussion again in 3 - 5 years, only it'll be Schneider being run outta town then.
How was Naslund "Run out of town"? If memory serves me right. His Ex-Agent then GM Mike Gillis didn't offer him a contract.
In fact I remember Naslund saying that he was happy to sign in New York as he was told it was a place that players love to play in.
I don't recall a mob outside then GM Place demanding him to be let go.
These are professionals. Players get old, retire, move on, or just don't fit the team anymore. It's got NOTHING to do with hate, or scapegoats. It's a business decision, and a hockey one. I wish people could separate their emotions from decisions that need to be done.
"The Canucks did not lose in 1994. They just ran out of time.." Barry MacDonald Team1040
Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:44 AM
I miss Mitchell's long stick too
Edited by IMyMeMine, 21 April 2012 - 12:45 AM.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 12:53 AM
Players Nikolaj Ehlers have been compared too by the fan base of the Vancouver Canucks.
1 Pavel Bure
2 Markus Naslund
3 Nathan Mackkinon
4 Jonathan Drouin.
5 Jonathan Tavares
combine results. Ehlers 5'11 162 lbs of solid rock.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 01:50 AM
Its just that Cory is money.
If only they could both stay.
Bodee, on 18 April 2012 - 11:07 AM, said:
I haven't been a supporter of the Canucks for long. Mainly because firstly I know nothing about NHL and secondly ESPN America only started showing NHL 3 years ago.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 01:55 AM
I really appreciate what Mitchell says here in light of the goalie situation here in Vancouver; he calls Luongo's goaltending back in his first year with the Canucks as the best he's seen on a team he's played on...even better than Quick (his current team mate).
I remember his first season where he was virtually unbeatable; he carried us on his back when our team didn't have the offensive talent they do now. Even though Lui allowed 4 goals in Game 1 vs. Dallas, he was extremely solid and maintained his composure well into the 4th OT period.
I tried searching, but there doesn't seem to be a thread on this article so far.
I agree with Willie, Luongos first year as a canuck was probably the finest display of goaltending EVER in this city. Im not sure what happened along the line, Roberto is still a great goalie, but nowhere close to what it was