media and uneducated fans chase the best goalie in franchise history of out town. thats the head line.
the team made a commitment to him and he to the team. Cory's still unproven as a starter and the pressure from the media insanity.
personally i think cory should have been packaged up and sent out. and chi get louie he can rub it in next spring when he lifts the cup that team would be hard to beat with a great goalie like louie in net.
I tend to agree with the media part.
One of the biggest troubles Lou has had to deal with in the public eye is that of the way he was portrayed when he came here. He was touted as a one man way to the Stanley Cup. Truth is, he was just a good goaltender. Very good, in fact, the best we have ever had, BUT, over-hyped as a one man way to the cup. It was almost as though fans thought we didn't even need a defence with him in goal, that we could play with a bunch of career AHL D, and still breeze our way to the cup.
His large contract was vilified, and continues to be, but lets look at it from some perspective.
1) The only way to continue building the team was to keep a goalie. Our recent prior history in net was dismal, we have been the perennial goalie graveyard for a long time.
2) The only way to keep a goalie was to go the extra mile with a contract. The alternative was back to the Sabourin, Auld, Labarbera saga. No goalie, no team. Period.
3) The only reason we have some of the players we have, is Roberto being here. Hamhuis, Kesler and the Sedins staying, a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have a goalie. Most players are not going to stay, and on top of that give you a home-town discount if you do not have pieces like Lou in place. Bottom line is, you won't have a team, you will just get a bunch of overpaid third line grinders getting you one round deep in the playoff's.
Lou is very much a large part of the success here in Vancouver.
Was he ever the one man ride to the cup? No, but he sure has been a large part of the reason we have been able to build a successful team to this point.
Edited by WL Canuck Fan, 07 July 2012 - 02:31 PM.
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