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#1 Tom Sestito

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:22 AM

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I remember back in the 2006-2007 season, i wasn't much of a hockey fan. I remember one day that season, i decided to give hockey a chance. The thing that got me hooked was a guy by the name of Roberto Luongo. He was exciting to watch, and got me hooked. Since 2007-2008, my dad has been a season ticket holder. I've always been a lou fan, through thick and thin, being at game 7 of the cup finals, etc.

I think we all owe it to the best goalie in canucks history to show the smallest bit of appreciation we can, and heave some praise in one thread. I request that there won't be any flaming, or any hatred, or arguing in this thread.

To get us started off,

-He's the reason I'm a hockey fan
-He's the best goalie we've ever had
-He got us to the stanley cup finals
-Won us multiple division titles
-Only missed the playoffs once with him in our net.

I could go on for hours, but i'd like to hear from you guys. It doesn't even have to be reasons, just appreciation. :]


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:35 AM

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I also believe we should spend some time to reflect on this era of goaltending for Vancouver. When Roberto Luongo joined this team, he was viewed as this team's savior. We owe him our thanks for Alain Vigneault's first Jack Adams trophy, as well as for the incredible 47-win season that brought this city the hope that we would witness a lengthy 2007 playoff run. That very first season in Vancouver convinced this fanbase that the team had finally resolved its goaltending woes.

There are many other contributions we should thank him for, however, many of which have made an even greater impact on how this team has progressed throughout the past six years.

Thank you, Roberto Luongo, for the commitment and desire to play 75 games per season in your first several years with this team. Though you were unable to accomplish this feat in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons due to injuries, your will to represent this team in net, to exhaust yourself prior to each postseason, and to staple your backup goaltender to the bench demonstrate your selflessness and dedication to this team's ultimate success.

Even when the games no longer mattered, such as after we had been eliminated from the playoff race in 2008 by the Edmonton Oilers, you still dressed as the starting goaltender. One example is that final game against the Calgary Flames; Curtis Sanford relieved you only once you allowed three early goals, as you were to play all home games. Coach Vigneault's timeless remark, "Come on, Lui," still resonates as the moment I knew you were in control of this team's fate. You were the one who called the shots, and this team would live or die by your hand in those early years.

Thank you for your heroic performances in the playoffs, despite the untimely collapses in the games adjacent to those in which you played well. While your inconsistencies plagued this team each postseason, we must remember how spectacular you performed in select games rather than focus on your shortcomings. We thank you for playing well for our home crowd in the Stanley Cup Finals, and for your contributions to this city's rivalry with the Chicago Blackhawks. Without you, we would not have had such fierce, anxious encounters with the likes of Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien.

We also owe you our appreciation for your intensity and emotion during crucial matches. Your passion carried this team to new feats, showing us all that when you were focused and at your best, you were difficult to score against. We forgive you for your mental fragility and for appearing distraught for several minutes after each goal against; your lack of focus at times, your tendency to become flustered, and your need to spend a great deal of time recovering from mental lapses may have contributed to your reputation as inconsistent, but we understand human beings can be emotional and may need time to heal.

Thank you for attempting to continue playing in net even in instances when you were clearly struggling, such as after allowing a bad goal. Until last year, you had tremendous leeway each game, and you would not be relieved of your duties in net until you had allowed five or six goals against. As a result, in games when you were not focused early, the team would be facing a large deficit by the intermission; at times, several goals would have been scored against you in a short period, effectively placing this team at an enormous disadvantage. Thank you for your desire to remain this team's starter even during your worst moments, and for keeping the team's backup goaltenders secured to the bench; this demonstrates determination, though this did not frequently benefit the team.

We need not dwell on how we lost seven of our last eight matches at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season and missed the playoffs by three points as a result. It would not be appropriate at this time for us to linger on the Scott Neidermayer lob shot in 2007, nor the Patrick Kane hat trick in 2009, nor the Dustin Byfuglien hat trick in 2010, nor the frightening Blackhawks comeback of the 2011 quarterfinals, nor even the various collapses at TD Garden in Boston. None of that matters.

Thank you for the time you spent representing this team as its leader. Your time as this team's captain was memorable and shall not be forgotten. You carried the burden of addressing this team's struggles throughout that time, and used the term "we" rather than "I" when describing the disappointments. Never once did you blame yourself for some of those losses. As such, you have proven to be a role model for those who wish to be the very best. Your words have always been wise -- yes, you would have saved that Game 2 overtime goal, as you stayed deeper in your net than the opposing goaltender.

We were fortunate to watch both you and some of the most complete rosters in Canucks history play at the same time. It was truly a treat to finally witness the fantasy that many had dreamed of when we first acquired your services: "what would the 2003 team have been with Luongo in net?" We were pleasantly surprised when the teams of recent years, especially 2011, became regarded as the greatest offensive rosters in franchise history. Behind arguably the most complete and dominant rosters to have ever played for Vancouver, you played just as you always would. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to witness potential greatness behind a tremendous lineup, and for doing your part to achieve the same result as always.

We also would like to show our gratitude for your effective, unorthodox lunging style. Your desire to lean forward and stretch your limbs desperately along the ice may have cost us more goals than prevented them, but we will always appreciate your heart and determination to strike the ice surface with your chest in case a puck slides low towards the middle of the net.

Your humility and honesty are both much appreciated. It is no question when you were named this team's captain the year before your first contract expired, it was solely because of your leadership qualities. During this time now, we respect your reasons for leaving this city; another goaltender has succeeded you in net here, and there is understandably no room for two goaltenders to co-exist on one roster. We are glad, as you have stated, that you will go anywhere if there is a trade that will help this team.

We shall always remember the humorous times as well. You always brought a smile to those who witnessed your puckhandling skills, and we will not soon forget the look on Dave Nonis' face when you weren't available to start the Game 5 overtime against the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Your cold October starts every year became an amusing trend after a while, and your inability to play "cold" after sitting a few games while ironically only allowing each of your first several backups one start per month will also never be forgotten.

It was a fun and memorable six years, Roberto Luongo. Though it was an anxious time and one with great expectations, we are glad to have become familiar with you. We will always remember the kind of goaltender you were, and we wish you all the best in the future.





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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:41 AM

I remember back in the 2006-2007 season, i wasn't much of a hockey fan. I remember one day that season, i decided to give hockey a chance. The thing that got me hooked was a guy by the name of Roberto Luongo. He was exciting to watch, and got me hooked. Since 2007-2008, my dad has been a season ticket holder. I've always been a lou fan, through thick and thin, being at game 7 of the cup finals, etc.

I think we all owe it to the best goalie in canucks history to show the smallest bit of appreciation we can, and heave some praise in one thread. I request that there won't be any flaming, or any hatred, or arguing in this thread.

To get us started off,

-He's the reason I'm a hockey fan
-He's the best goalie we've ever had
-He got us to the stanley cup finals
-Won us multiple division titles
-Only missed the playoffs once with him in our net.

I could go on for hours, but i'd like to hear from you guys. It doesn't even have to be reasons, just appreciation. :]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6oJdjSo0cA&feature=related

That's a tall order for CDC.

I'll miss him because he brought stability to our goaltending situation.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:43 AM

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He saved today's Canucks star's butts while they were still developing.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:14 AM

I could go on for hours


Please do.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:45 AM

Wouldnt it be something if we could keep BOTH goalies ! I know it would suck for Eddie Lack but maybe he can go back to the SEL for a season and then come back.

I really wish we could find a way to keep Lui !
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:58 AM

Im 100% into this thread.

A pro-Luongo thread to remind us of the good times and the stellar goaltending he has brought us.

-Who can forget that Game 1 of the 2007 Playoffs. 4th overtime before Sedins put it away, what an opening game..

-His franchise record setting shutout streaks in back to back seasons. He seemed unstoppable at those times.

-Canada gets the gold :)
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:40 AM

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It'll be a shame to lose all those great "Trade Luongo" threads and proposals on CDC if God forbid he should be traded.

Tried, tested and true. Best goaltender the team has ever had. He deserves better than what he's been getting from the idiotic fans on this hockey club.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:46 AM

Best... Canucks... Goalie... Ever.

hasn't been the same athletically since his major groin tear, but, he is still top 10 in the world, IMO. Now he has stated publicly that he wants to move on, he will be moved, without question, at a lesser value than he's worth.

It's too bad Lu's tenure in VanCity had to end this way. Maybe Sammy's recent comments about management hold some merit?

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:06 AM

Love LUO!!
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:20 AM

Honestly if Luongo plays in Florida..what all are these fans on this board going to discuss..Raymond or Malhotra every day?

TSN or Sportsnet poor them they will run of material to discuss.

Luongo puts the Canucks on the map everyday even when he plays poker in Vegas.
Do you hear aything about Kiprusoff, Khabibulin, Pavelec. Reimer. Anderson or even Carey Price?


What a loss even this board becomes very boring...

Not much talk good or bad about the Sedins .Kesler.Bieksa.Booth and company.

The Canucks organization made a mint with Luongo during 6 years.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:24 AM

The overtime performance in R1G1 of the 06/07 was amazing. But there was a game in the regular season that I will always remember Lou for. It was near the end of the season and we were playing the Red Wings. Lou was spectactular making over 30 saves in a 4-1 victory for the Canucks. I was at the game and I will always remember how loud the building was when Lou was named the first star of the game.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:29 AM

I brake for Luongo.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:42 AM

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It'll be a shame to lose all those great "Trade Luongo" threads and proposals on CDC if God forbid he should be traded.

Tried, tested and true. Best goaltender the team has ever had. He deserves better than what he's been getting from the idiotic fans on this hockey club.


You should take him out for a cup of coffee, you could talk about all the Cups he's won.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:44 AM

Too bad Lou wasnt the same after that season really.. changing his equipment and butterfly style. Still did great but was no where near as amazing
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:49 AM

Good thread! :towel:
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:58 AM

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I'm on the fence when it comes to Luongo

on one hand you have some of the best saves ever made in the history of the game..
but on the other hand..so many weak goals have crossed his red line leaving fans shaking their heads in embarrassment
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:59 AM

he is a all star goalie
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:02 AM

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I will miss Jim Hughson's "Great Save by Luongo" on Hockey night in Canada

I will hear them again for sure, but maybe not in a Canucks jersey anymore...

I will miss him a lot for sure


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:06 AM

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You should take him out for a cup of coffee, you could talk about all the Cups he's won.

Luongo can't hear you offer that to him because, he's got a Jennings trophy ringing in his ear.

I'm definitely going to miss the "Great Save Luongo!"

All of the Luuuuuu's too

Best goaltender we've ever had but it's time to part ways I guess

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:08 AM

Man, I miss that team. Really feels like a Canuck all-star team. Luongo, Naslund, Morrison, Linden, Ohlund, Sedins, Kesler, Burrows, Salo... so many huge Canucks icons all on the ice at once (granted they weren't all stars yet).

I'll be honest, watching the OP's video of the dallas overtime game, I can clearly see why Luongo was praised as a hero. Those are amazing saves. Half of the stops he made are much likely to go in with his current style of playt into. Some of those top shelf glove saves that he made against Dallas are simply ones he would throw his shoulder at now and may or may not stop.

Luongo is one of the best goaltenders, if not the best, that this team has ever had. But this video clearly displays a more talented and skilled Roberto Luongo. I don't know if its age, injuries or morale, but they are not the same goalies.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:16 AM

His hair.
And his awesomeness, I remember back a few years, he was so dominant, every Canuck would be like, "any time you have a goalie like that, you have a chance every night."
I was stoked when we traded for him, and now that a trade is inevitable, I hope he continues to succeed wherever he goes!
Although he had me screaming during the hawk series and bruins series, at the end of the day, it's a team game. That 50+ save performance vs the sharks in game 5 was a beauty!
Good Luck Roberto! I'm sure a lot of us will continue to follow his future if he is traded : )
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:33 AM

Blah blah blah I don't appreciate nice things.

Did you really just waste, I'm guessing, forty-five minutes to an hour of your day typing all that out?
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:48 AM

With Gillis's asking price, we don't even know for sure if Luongo is going to be traded.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:54 AM

With Gillis's asking price, we don't even know for sure if Luongo is going to be traded.


Gilis is probably waiting for the Doan sweepstakes (if doan does leave the yotes) to end cause if the canucks do land Doan, the top 6 will be solidified, therefore MG might want a different return for Luongo.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:03 AM

I will miss Jim Hughson's "Great Save by Luongo" on Hockey night in Canada

I will hear them again for sure, but maybe not in a Canucks jersey anymore...

I will miss him a lot for sure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Gu1JsOmGI


Man do I love that video :frantic:
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:14 AM

GREAT SAVE LUONGO!!
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:17 AM

Il always remember When I learned we got lu. Watching the score eating pancakes. I saw the ticker and I jumped up and flipped my table over with my pancakes and bacon , eggs on it and started calling all my buddies.

Then we went to the draft the next day and we waited until the 9th round when noone was left and all 6 of us stood up and screamed " trade cloutier!!"

Everyone on the draft floor.. Gms, players Bettman.. All turned around to look up.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:18 AM

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You should take him out for a cup of coffee, you could talk about all the Cups he's won.



Neither has Henrik Lundqvist, Carey Price, Jimmy Howard, Pekka Rinne, Jaro Halak, Brian Elliot, Ryan Miller, Ron Hextal, Curtis Joseph, Mikka Kirusoff or Cory Schneider.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:22 AM

I also believe we should spend some time to reflect on this era of goaltending for Vancouver. When Roberto Luongo joined this team, he was viewed as this team's savior. We owe him our thanks for Alain Vigneault's first Jack Adams trophy, as well as for the incredible 47-win season that brought this city the hope that we would witness a lengthy 2007 playoff run. That very first season in Vancouver convinced this fanbase that the team had finally resolved its goaltending woes.

There are many other contributions we should thank him for, however, many of which have made an even greater impact on how this team has progressed throughout the past six years.

Thank you, Roberto Luongo, for the commitment and desire to play 75 games per season in your first several years with this team. Though you were unable to accomplish this feat in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons due to injuries, your will to represent this team in net, to exhaust yourself prior to each postseason, and to staple your backup goaltender to the bench demonstrate your selflessness and dedication to this team's ultimate success.

Even when the games no longer mattered, such as after we had been eliminated from the playoff race in 2008 by the Edmonton Oilers, you still dressed as the starting goaltender. One example is that final game against the Calgary Flames; Curtis Sanford relieved you only once you allowed three early goals, as you were to play all home games. Coach Vigneault's timeless remark, "Come on, Lui," still resonates as the moment I knew you were in control of this team's fate. You were the one who called the shots, and this team would live or die by your hand in those early years.

Thank you for your heroic performances in the playoffs, despite the untimely collapses in the games adjacent to those in which you played well. While your inconsistencies plagued this team each postseason, we must remember how spectacular you performed in select games rather than focus on your shortcomings. We thank you for playing well for our home crowd in the Stanley Cup Finals, and for your contributions to this city's rivalry with the Chicago Blackhawks. Without you, we would not have had such fierce, anxious encounters with the likes of Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien.

We also owe you our appreciation for your intensity and emotion during crucial matches. Your passion carried this team to new feats, showing us all that when you were focused and at your best, you were difficult to score against. We forgive you for your mental fragility and for appearing distraught for several minutes after each goal against; your lack of focus at times, your tendency to become flustered, and your need to spend a great deal of time recovering from mental lapses may have contributed to your reputation as inconsistent, but we understand human beings can be emotional and may need time to heal.

Thank you for attempting to continue playing in net even in instances when you were clearly struggling, such as after allowing a bad goal. Until last year, you had tremendous leeway each game, and you would not be relieved of your duties in net until you had allowed five or six goals against. As a result, in games when you were not focused early, the team would be facing a large deficit by the intermission; at times, several goals would have been scored against you in a short period, effectively placing this team at an enormous disadvantage. Thank you for your desire to remain this team's starter even during your worst moments, and for keeping the team's backup goaltenders secured to the bench; this demonstrates determination, though this did not frequently benefit the team.

We need not dwell on how we lost seven of our last eight matches at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season and missed the playoffs by three points as a result. It would not be appropriate at this time for us to linger on the Scott Neidermayer lob shot in 2007, nor the Patrick Kane hat trick in 2009, nor the Dustin Byfuglien hat trick in 2010, nor the frightening Blackhawks comeback of the 2011 quarterfinals, nor even the various collapses at TD Garden in Boston. None of that matters.

Thank you for the time you spent representing this team as its leader. Your time as this team's captain was memorable and shall not be forgotten. You carried the burden of addressing this team's struggles throughout that time, and used the term "we" rather than "I" when describing the disappointments. Never once did you blame yourself for some of those losses. As such, you have proven to be a role model for those who wish to be the very best. Your words have always been wise -- yes, you would have saved that Game 2 overtime goal, as you stayed deeper in your net than the opposing goaltender.

We were fortunate to watch both you and some of the most complete rosters in Canucks history play at the same time. It was truly a treat to finally witness the fantasy that many had dreamed of when we first acquired your services: "what would the 2003 team have been with Luongo in net?" We were pleasantly surprised when the teams of recent years, especially 2011, became regarded as the greatest offensive rosters in franchise history. Behind arguably the most complete and dominant rosters to have ever played for Vancouver, you played just as you always would. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to witness potential greatness behind a tremendous lineup, and for doing your part to achieve the same result as always.

We also would like to show our gratitude for your effective, unorthodox lunging style. Your desire to lean forward and stretch your limbs desperately along the ice may have cost us more goals than prevented them, but we will always appreciate your heart and determination to strike the ice surface with your chest in case a puck slides low towards the middle of the net.

Your humility and honesty are both much appreciated. It is no question when you were named this team's captain the year before your first contract expired, it was solely because of your leadership qualities. During this time now, we respect your reasons for leaving this city; another goaltender has succeeded you in net here, and there is understandably no room for two goaltenders to co-exist on one roster. We are glad, as you have stated, that you will go anywhere if there is a trade that will help this team.

We shall always remember the humorous times as well. You always brought a smile to those who witnessed your puckhandling skills, and we will not soon forget the look on Dave Nonis' face when you weren't available to start the Game 5 overtime against the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Your cold October starts every year became an amusing trend after a while, and your inability to play "cold" after sitting a few games while ironically only allowing each of your first several backups one start per month will also never be forgotten.

It was a fun and memorable six years, Roberto Luongo. Though it was an anxious time and one with great expectations, we are glad to have become familiar with you. We will always remember the kind of goaltender you were, and we wish you all the best in the future.





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LOL. I could see a guy like George Carlin reading this with a straight face with everyone busting a gut in the audience. In summary, thank you Roberto you selfish, inconsistent jerk. I ultimately can't tell if that was the intention of the post. But, that's how I read it. Made my morning. Great post. Thanks.
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