This entire ordeal can be attributed to Roberto's inconsistency in the playoffs, his mental fragility, the questionable length of his contract, and the emergence of another starting goaltender. These four factors have made obvious the need to move him.
When he arrived in Vancouver, people believed that had he played behind the West Coast Express, this city would have seen its first Stanley Cup championship. We have seen him crumble in the playoffs every year, however, even behind some of the most complete and dominant rosters in team history.
Mike Gillis has proven he does not concede to public pressure. He understands this decision is in the best interest of the team.
This sums it up quite nicely.
Lu was/is an above average goalie. Canuck fans had only had relatively short spans of that kind of confidence in that position. Richard Brodeur and Kirk Mclean had just a few years each where they shone. Lu was, overall, in the regular season, able to sustain a consistency in goal for a longer period of time than either of them.
But I would say that they had something that Lu did not. The ability to focus your emotions when the games really counted in the playoffs. Not for one or two games, but for every game. Maybe their positioning or athletic skills were not at the same level, and also the team in front was not always stacked, but they did not have the emotional immaturity of Luongo where he seemed to internalize a bad goal against and dwell on it which lead to another bad goal etc... (Cloutier had the same problem)
Quick was an example of the opposite this last playoffs. He didn't have a couple of good games, then rely on the rest of the team to bail him out for the next one, then have another good one, then stink, etc...drawing series out to 7 games, win or lose. No, he was mentally strong enough to be ready for every shot whether he had seen the puck much or not, or whether a fluke goal was scored on him or not. This created the ability for the rest of the team to finish off their opposition early in a series.
I still think Lu can go from being a good goalie to a great goalie once again, because a mental problem can be fixed...if he finds the right therapy and really wants to work on it. He has the physical skills. (Although Cory has even better positioning skills). So all the best to him. But it would be nearly impossible to bounce back in this market where he's choked in the playoffs too many times.
But as to the OP. It is funny how fan reaction is different for different players. Lu ASKS to be traded...and people are sobbing for him.....yet only based on rumour, Hodgson supposedly asked for a trade (which I doubt) and he's lambasted as a turncoat.