After losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in the first round, and the emergence of Schneider as a shoe in for the number one position, it became clear that there was not room for two. Soon after the news came that Luongo had asked for a trade, and months later his first official interview on CFOX which cleared some misconceptions.
Slowly throughout the summer, it seems that much of the fan base that was anti-Luongo has shifted into sentiment, knowing that it was a certainty Bobby Lu would not be coming back. Frankly I'm surprised that it started happening this quickly, but I am definitely happy that it has. No matter which side of the fence you have been on throughout the years, nobody can question this man's work ethic and integrity. He has without a doubt put six solid years of work in for this organization; In a place where, frankly, goaltenders are not treated virtuously.
He is arguably this club's best goalie of all-time, (Kirk Mclean may have something to say about that) and he has taken this whole situation with grace and dignity. In the years to come, I believe Luongo will be remembered for these very qualities, and will one day be heading to the rafters in Rogers Arena. (As in the Ring of Honour) Although he did not get this market a much needed Stanley Cup, he did get us close. He brought us an Olympic Gold Medal which no Canuck goalie has ever done. And last but not least he gave us solidity at the back end, which this franchise had not had for many years.
Edited by six-0h-four-, 07 July 2012 - 11:27 AM.