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#31 Gage

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:24 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. :]



Yay another wannabe GM!
Last time I checked Luongo was signed to a contract in vancouver.
People dont miss players that are on the team, when players move on to other teams or retire is when you miss them.
There is only 300 Luongo threads currently open so it makes complete sense to start more, especially ones like this
that talk about stuff that has not happened.

The only thing were "missing" is the lock on this thread. News Flash! the decision to move Luongo is not, nor never will be, your decision (thank god) so thanks for this gem fo a topic!

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:25 AM

Did you really just waste, I'm guessing, forty-five minutes to an hour of your day typing all that out?


Probably, but we can feel good about ourselves for not wasting an hour reading it.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:44 AM

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.


How many of them have played for 2x PT teams?



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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:00 AM

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.

Are u better goalie then luo if your not stfu

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#35 ilovekevinbieksa

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:00 AM

Reasons why I'll mis Lu:

- Best goalie in Canucks history
- He made our team Stanley Cup contenders
- 5 Northwest Division titles in 6 years.
- 2 Presidents Trophies IN A ROW
- He got us to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals
- GREAT SAAAVVVEEEE LUONGOOOOO
- He's just a great guy
I met him on the streets last summer and just asked him for an autograph & photo. We ended up just talking about random stuff for half an hour! He's a really great guy & I think that he gets too much crap from everyone. Game 7 wasn't his fault. If you guys recall, we didn't score a single goal. LA wasn't all his fault either. Our whole team just didn't play well.
Good luck Lu! Where ever you end up next season, you're still gonna be the best goalie we've ever had!


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:13 AM

I will always remember Luu as the guy who gave this team a chance... if everyone on the team played like crap, it seemed to me that luu could be the guy to pull a win out still

Luu also brought great honour to Vancouver and Canada with the gold medal win (a lot of people will say that the talent in front of him made the gold medal happen but I am a proponent that Luu was a big contributor). You've got to be elite to wrestle the starting position away from Marty Brodeur.

I wish the best for Luu wherever he goes and I can genuinely say that if he wins the cup before us with another team, I will still be really happy for him

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:18 AM

I'll miss 2nd round eliminations.
After a few days here, I am surprised half of you got the anti-bot question correct to register for this site.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:23 AM

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Credit for Olympic sig goes to Motzaburger.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:26 AM

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That's gotta be my 3rd favorite Canucks picture.

1. Linden and McLean
2. Juice on one leg, hands In the air after 2OT Goal
3. This save ^

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:31 AM

How many of them have played for 2x PT teams?


How many of them are the reason for winning them and making the team relevant.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:33 AM

I'll miss 2nd round eliminations.


You might not have to miss the team start stop trying.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:36 AM

Same here OP, I started to follow this team after the lockout. I really became interested in the team because of the guy between the pipes, I grew up in the Caribbean- no hockey there. I have grown very fond of this team, my goal is to attend a game in Vancouver- in the menatime I cheer for them at the Excel in Minny...

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:43 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. :]

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its Luongos fault that game even wen't into overtime... 4 GA. TRADE HIM NOW!

who am I...! :bigblush:

Oh hello Alain Vigneault, I see what you did there... good one.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:40 PM

How many of them have played for 2x PT teams?


you make it sound like we won em inspite of him. The reasoning is they havent been capable of leading their respective teams to a PT. Luongo has. aside from the Sedins and a healthy Kesler this team does not have anyone I'd call superstar forwards. Luongo was an integral part of those PT.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:59 PM

I will miss him, but I will mostly miss all of the suspense he gives us when in our net... Although he tends to let in goals in the bunches, he does make those games quite thrilling...

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:00 PM

Only sorta related but watching Lou in that playoff game against Dallas really makes me think he looks a hell of a lot more like Schneider than his current self. Very mobile, a good eye for the play, less rattled when an opposing player knocked him and swallowing up pucks more. I can't say I know that much about goaltender but seeing this really does scream of how our coaching staff really tried to alter his play in a completely weird way.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:07 PM

I will miss Hughson more should he become depressed and not call nucks games the same :(

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:30 PM

its Luongos fault that game even wen't into overtime... 4 GA. TRADE HIM NOW!

who am I...! :bigblush:


Depending who you ask, it is his fault.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:31 PM

Reason I won't miss him:

Threads like this.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:24 PM

I'll miss him because of the reason that several people have already mentioned: he is the best goalie in this franchise's history. As awesome as Schneider is and as excited as I am for this team to enter into its next chapter with him in net, I find myself feeling almost disappointed that Luongo's time in Vancouver is already over. It really shouldn't have ended this way. People that bitch and moan about his contract are the same people that love to use hindsight. The guy was - and still IS, actually - one of the best goalies in the league and was very much worthy of a lifetime contract. He's the kind of cornerstone franchise player that gets a contract like the one he has. Unfortunately, he's just had some awful mishaps in the playoffs since signing, combined with the fact that the Canucks have another potentially elite goalie that has emerged from the system. It's what you would call a rare turn of events. Otherwise, despite how many of you feel that Luongo moving on is something of poetic justice, Gillis would have NO reason to go this route and Luongo would continue being the man between the pipes in Vancouver.

That said, I know the OP's heart is in the right place with this thread, but the timing isn't quite right. Technically Luongo is still a Canuck. No time for sad remembrances just yet.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:38 PM

I read it in the same light haha. That photo confirmed it.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:12 PM

Roberto Luongo deserves to be treated much better from the fans of this franchise. He is our best goalie in franchise history. Without him, i dont think that our stars, like the twins or kesler or even juice would become the players they are today. I will miss Luo and im sad that he could never deliver a stanley cup to this city. I wonder how things would have changed if he did bring the cup to Vancouver.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:40 PM

Are u better goalie then luo if your not stfu


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:25 PM

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


Yeah, "Great Save Schneider!!" and the "Schneider" chants doesn't have the same ring as "Great Save Luongo!!" and "Luuuuuuuu"

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:34 PM

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


Okay, I'll bring Lundqvist, Price, Rinne, Bryzgalov and our very own Cory Schneider so they can talk about all the Cups they won

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:39 PM

Now AV and MG are on their own.

I think it gets very interesting from this point forward,being if and when Luo gets traded.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:45 PM

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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Ahhh, I see what you've done here. Bravo sir, very amusing because it's true.
On another note, I've seen many posts here about how Luongo is this franchise's best goalie ever, that very well might be true but I would lean more toward Kirk Mclean. No doubt however that Luongo has been right up there and played a lot of amazing games for the Canucks. The thing is, when you try and claim the title of best goalie in franchise history on a team with a long long history of crap goaltending, how much does that really mean?

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:55 PM

He was the best goalie we had since McClean (I don't think it's fair to compare the two and say who's "better" because one was a standing goalie in a different goalie era). I remember our revolving door of goalies Vancouver had to deal with for years, it sucked.

And then there was the Cloutier era.... man, if people think Roberto lets in too many soft goals, Cloutier was 10x worse. When we got Roberto is finally put our goalie issues to rest for many years.

Luongo has been a good goalie for us, and I'm sure we'll all look back on this era with fondness if he gets traded.

thanks Lou!

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:40 PM

i am happing for lui, maybe the fans won't blame him for everything where he ends up
I will always be a Luongo fan, no mater what jersey he is wearing... even if its Boston.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:52 PM

Are u better goalie then luo if your not stfu


Are you a better goalie then any Nhl or AHL pro?

I'm not, but as a fan, I'll still make my opinion known, I don't need to strap on Lu's pads to do so (But I would sure take his paycheque if that's the case)

Edited by TimberWolf, 17 July 2012 - 09:43 AM.

I was saying Lu-Urns...

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