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#61 yung dawg

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:15 PM

calm down he has not even been traded yet........ who knows he might even come back :picard:
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:50 PM

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?


It means a lot because he's still been one of the Top 5 goalies in the entire league since the lockout so he stands out among his peers as well, not just fellow Canucks goalies. In fact, he was even considered a great goalie BEFORE coming to the Canucks. Remember, it's not as if Luongo was some nobody whom the Canucks traded for. There's a reason most Canucks fans were ecstatic to get him. Now, everyone is trying to downplay his status in this league because he's had some horrid games in the playoffs.

Big picture, folks. Has he been a very disappointing player at certain points? Absolutely. If he was even a bit better in the finals in 2011 the Canucks would likely have a Cup to their name. Definitely regrettable. But even that is not enough to tarnish his entire legacy. I can understand some diehard Canucks fans who are thirsty for that Cup being a bit sour on Luongo, but for God's sakes have a bit of perspective and give the man the credit he deserves. Spectacular goalie and he WILL be missed.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:01 PM

It means a lot because he's still been one of the Top 5 goalies in the entire league since the lockout so he stands out among his peers as well, not just fellow Canucks goalies. In fact, he was even considered a great goalie BEFORE coming to the Canucks. Remember, it's not as if Luongo was some nobody whom the Canucks traded for. There's a reason most Canucks fans were ecstatic to get him. Now, everyone is trying to downplay his status in this league because he's had some horrid games in the playoffs.

Big picture, folks. Has he been a very disappointing player at certain points? Absolutely. If he was even a bit better in the finals in 2011 the Canucks would likely have a Cup to their name. Definitely regrettable. But even that is not enough to tarnish his entire legacy. I can understand some diehard Canucks fans who are thirsty for that Cup being a bit sour on Luongo, but for God's sakes have a bit of perspective and give the man the credit he deserves. Spectacular goalie and he WILL be missed.



Doubtful. If he only let in maybe 3 goals in the games where he had 6+ against Boston, the team still would have only scored 8 goals in 7 games.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:13 PM

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he was my favorite goalie of all time, its just my opinion but if it wasn't for him I don't think Sedins,Kesler and our core would be the same we would probably went in draft mode and end up like the oilers, he got us to this level and he's always going to have my respect the way he dealt with media bs and fan base but wherever he goes I'm going to cheer for him :D
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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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You did a pretty decent job of masking your cynical comments as back-handed compliments in your first several paragraphs but then you got lazy.

There's about 26,842 Luongo hater threads so go hang out there. Don't hijack a thread of people who wish to step back and look at Luongo and his total body of work objectively and show appreciation for the great goalie he has been for us... let alone on the 2nd damn post! It is precisely people like you who IMO have driven Luongo out of this town and levied such incredibly unrealistic and unfair expectations and criticisms on him that it adversely affected his game under such a burden. So if you have any finger-pointing to do about his shortcomings then you can first start by pointing your digits at yourself and your other like-minded "fans" (puh!) because you 1) brought a lot of it to bear upon him and 2) have completely lost the ability to look at him objectively.

In the end, the day that Luongo leaves (if that does come) may be the day Canuck fans look back on as a terrible turning point in this team's future as we instead chose to pin all our hopes on a relatively inexperienced, unproven backup who may or may not become as good as Luongo already is. If for whatever reason Schnieder can not keep up the same brilliance and consistency we've seen him display as a backup for 2 years then what will we have? I'll tell you what we won't have. A proven Vezna nominated, world-class #1 goalie who has proven himself capable of not only great regular season success year after year with back-to-back President's Trophies but also backstopped a team to within 1 win of the Stanley Cup Championship.

Careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

Edited by debluvscanucks, 17 July 2012 - 07:59 AM.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:46 AM

I'm probably going to cry :(
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:32 AM

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


....what?
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:13 AM

Thank you Luongo for reminding us of how crappy the fans are in Vancouver and how nothing will ever meet up to their ridiculous standards. Also thank you for reminding us of how short-sighted our fans are and how any goalie that ever becomes a starter in this franchise must win a Stanley Cup in three years or the fans will cry and moan demanding a trade and criticize every little detail while ignoring any good you do. Thank you for taking us to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and instead of being honored for it, you are continually put down for not winning it all yourself.

It is time you moved on from this ungrateful fan base but thanks for the memories.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:22 AM

When asked if he likes Chicago's goal song, Chelsea Dagger, he replied something to the effect of "I love that song, I once heard it 7 times in one game". God im going to miss him. Such a great guy.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 10:19 AM

Thank you Luongo for reminding us of how crappy the fans are in Vancouver and how nothing will ever meet up to their ridiculous standards. Also thank you for reminding us of how short-sighted our fans are and how any goalie that ever becomes a starter in this franchise must win a Stanley Cup in three years or the fans will cry and moan demanding a trade and criticize every little detail while ignoring any good you do. Thank you for taking us to game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and instead of being honored for it, you are continually put down for not winning it all yourself.

It is time you moved on from this ungrateful fan base but thanks for the memories.


Well said.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:18 PM

After he's gone, we should commemorate Luongo by erecting a statue outside Rogers arena of him doing a belly flop while a beach ball flies over him into the net.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:34 PM

You douchebag.

You did a pretty decent job of masking your cynical comments as back-handed compliments in your first several paragraphs but then you got lazy.

There's about 26,842 Luongo hater threads so go hang out with your ignorant ilk there. Don't hijack a thread of people who wish to step back and look at Luongo and his total body of work objectively and show appreciation for the great goalie he has been for us... let alone on the 2nd damn post! It is precisely idiots like you who IMO have driven Luongo out of this town and levied such incredibly unrealistic and unfair expectations and criticisms on him that it adversely affected his game under such a burden. So if you have any finger-pointing to do about his shortcomings then you can first start by pointing your pale, scrawny digits at yourself and your other loser like-minded "fans" (puh!) because you 1) brought a lot of it to bear upon him and 2) have completely lost the ability to look at him objectively.

In the end, the day that Luongo leaves (if that does come) may be the day Canuck fans look back on as a terrible turning point in this team's future as we instead chose to pin all our hopes on a relatively inexperienced, unproven backup who may or may not become as good as Luongo already is. If for whatever reason Schnieder can not keep up the same brilliance and consistency we've seen him display as a backup for 2 years then what will we have? I'll tell you what we won't have. A proven Vezna nominated, world-class #1 goalie who has proven himself capable of not only great regular season success year after year with back-to-back President's Trophies but also backstopped a team to within 1 win of the Stanley Cup Championship.

Careful what you wish for, you just might get it.


After seeing this, I gave you a +1.

Gave me a chuckle, then the rest of your post explained how he inconceivably acted like he was phrasing Lu, when really he was just using it as another opportunity to take a shot at him when we were trying to be appreciative of such a great player & person.

Our fan base is just ridiculous at times.

Doubtful. If he only let in maybe 3 goals in the games where he had 6+ against Boston, the team still would have only scored 8 goals in 7 games.


An extraordinary point.

I've tried to stress this whenever I defended him, and you just did it beautifully.

Remarkable is the word I would use to describe it, +1

Edited by Smashian Kassian, 16 July 2012 - 02:35 PM.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:46 PM

....what?


What are you asking what about? You lost me.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:01 PM

best goalie we have ever had so far, dont think we will have to wait too long for one to better him
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It's not 7.5 per year, Kesler's at 5 million and Malhotra's at 2.5 million

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:07 PM

best goalie we have ever had so far, dont think we will have to wait too long for one to better him


Second best, still think kirk had him but was not playing for as good as a team. Cory has the makings to be the best we shall see, and he's home grown.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:20 PM

I brake for Luongo.


Why would you stop for him? He wouldnt stop anything for you....JK
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:21 PM

Second best, still think kirk had him but was not playing for as good as a team. Cory has the makings to be the best we shall see, and he's home grown.


Home grown? As in grown in Boston and went to Boston College?
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:26 PM

Doubtful. If he only let in maybe 3 goals in the games where he had 6+ against Boston, the team still would have only scored 8 goals in 7 games.


That isnt necessarily true. You cant predict the outcome of close games, as it completely changes the dynamic of the game. In all of the other games Luongo kept the game close, and the Canucks found a way to win? Who's to say what might have happened had Luongo had one more remarkable game in him.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:27 PM

I realize that Lu hasn't been the best performer in the playoffs for the Canucks. He kind of crapped the bed VS the Bruins in the finals. The breakdown of the in-excusable performance in the playoffs was not LU's fault. The team played like junk. I'll miss Lu he is my favorite goalie, and is the best goalie this franchise has ever seen. It's really saddening that it has come down to this..
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:29 PM

before someone says to me I hate Cory I don't I love him hes a sick goalie after a season or two he will be elite :D
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:03 PM

I think it would be great for us to keep both but I know we probably cant
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 07:00 PM

I'm sure we will all miss Luongo "A"...its Luongo "B" we won;t miss !!
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:48 PM

Because he's a hustler.
He's a guaranteed 30 wins basically.
Because he let us get our team to where we are now. He stabilized us.
He always played so hard.
He got us to the finals.
He was one game away from a cup, with 2 shut outs.
He's funnier than everyone thinks.
If Schnieds is actually better, he's giving us the choice.
Took over for Broduer, and helped Canada get the gold.

Don't leave us to have two (generally) unproven goalies.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:13 PM

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?


how about you go play in goal for a stanley cup contending team in the national hockey league.. a team that largely became a contender because of great goaltending.

How much did fans cry out for an all star player like Luongo.. then we get him and he's been the best goaltender to wear the canucks jersey.. and here you are coming along saying "how much does that really mean"?

this is practically on par with "burrows, do we really want him?"

sigh, I truly hope that schnieder gets better treatment because the way people have it in for lu, OUR goaltender, its pretty embarassing and a real shame on the face of our fanbase.

how quickly we forget.


Gonna miss ya Lu

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:17 PM

Because he's a hustler.
He's a guaranteed 30 wins basically.
Because he let us get our team to where we are now. He stabilized us.
He always played so hard.
He got us to the finals.
He was one game away from a cup, with 2 shut outs.
He's funnier than everyone thinks.
If Schnieds is actually better, he's giving us the choice.
Took over for Broduer, and helped Canada get the gold.

Don't leave us to have two (generally) unproven goalies.

Because he's a hustler.
He's a guaranteed 30 wins basically.
Because he let us get our team to where we are now. He stabilized us.
He always played so hard.
He got us to the finals.
He was one game away from a cup, with 2 shut outs.
He's funnier than everyone thinks.
If Schnieds is actually better, he's giving us the choice.
Took over for Broduer, and helped Canada get the gold.

Don't leave us to have two (generally) unproven goalies.

The only unproven is Hamburglar !!
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:18 PM

He's not gone
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:17 AM

After he's gone, we should commemorate Luongo by erecting a statue outside Rogers arena of him doing a belly flop while a beach ball flies over him into the net.


That is not fair!
There has to be a commemorative plaque below the statue to indicate that this was during a playoff game.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:36 AM

You did a pretty decent job of masking your cynical comments as back-handed compliments in your first several paragraphs but then you got lazy.

There's about 26,842 Luongo hater threads so go hang out there. Don't hijack a thread of people who wish to step back and look at Luongo and his total body of work objectively and show appreciation for the great goalie he has been for us... let alone on the 2nd damn post! It is precisely people like you who IMO have driven Luongo out of this town and levied such incredibly unrealistic and unfair expectations and criticisms on him that it adversely affected his game under such a burden. So if you have any finger-pointing to do about his shortcomings then you can first start by pointing your digits at yourself and your other like-minded "fans" (puh!) because you 1) brought a lot of it to bear upon him and 2) have completely lost the ability to look at him objectively.

In the end, the day that Luongo leaves (if that does come) may be the day Canuck fans look back on as a terrible turning point in this team's future as we instead chose to pin all our hopes on a relatively inexperienced, unproven backup who may or may not become as good as Luongo already is. If for whatever reason Schnieder can not keep up the same brilliance and consistency we've seen him display as a backup for 2 years then what will we have? I'll tell you what we won't have. A proven Vezna nominated, world-class #1 goalie who has proven himself capable of not only great regular season success year after year with back-to-back President's Trophies but also backstopped a team to within 1 win of the Stanley Cup Championship.

Careful what you wish for, you just might get it.


I agree and I gave you a +1 for your opinion.

Noticed your 1st sentence was deleted along with my response disagreeing to the same long winded, double entendre post.....apparently one is not allowed to post a pic of a person talking out of two sides of their mouth? While reading through some of these threads on CDC, I wonder why some posts/pics are axed but others are allowed to stand as is.....Posted Image

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:45 AM

Home grown? As in grown in Boston and went to Boston College?


He means developed from the start in our system.
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I was saying Lu-Urns...

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:09 AM

I agree and I gave you a +1 for your opinion.

Noticed your 1st sentence was deleted along with my response disagreeing to the same long winded, double entendre post.....apparently one is not allowed to post a pic of a person talking out of two sides of their mouth? While reading through some of these threads on CDC, I wonder why some posts/pics are axed but others are allowed to stand as is.....Posted Image


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I thought it was awesome. At first it looked like the typical CDC Luongo love-in, but upon further reading it became a hilarious well-written backhanded slap in the face. Simply brilliant.
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