As I have said at other times, I do not hate Luongo, I have just had it with him and his annually pedestrian playoff performances, especially now that we have a seemingly stronger alternative (Schneider). It also doesn't help my personal opinion of him when so many posters here tout him as some sort of goaltending God when he's accomplished very little of real significance, NHL speaking. His tires are pumped by many.
I blame Luongo for being the highest paid and most important player on the team while he turns in very underwhelming performances at the most important times. The other guys you mentioned may not always be great either but they also dont carry the burden of being the most arrogant player, highest paid, and goaltender.
Last year's playoffs against LA, I saw Luongo turn in good to average regular season performances. I saw Schneider turn in elite playoff performances.
Once again, I dont hate Luongo, I'm just weary of seeing the same thing from him year after year.
Maybe, just maybe, that's how bad the team actually is. It is my fear that such success as we're experiencing is but an illusion that will cease in the event of a Luongo trade.
As with mentors in any field including corporate and religious organizations, having a mentor, an example to follow, makes everyone better. an excellent example would be the death of Steve Jobbs at Apple; Apple suddenly finds itself much less creative and projections is the $600+ shares today will fall flat withing three years.
Luongo keeps all players on the team as accountable as the organization with an expected high work ethic, personal goal achievement; diet, daily routine, sleep patern, buying in the system, and subsequently on-ice performance. Schneider, who is 26 years old, has been mentored by Luongo, a 33 year old veteran, if only by sheer observation of Luongo's daily activities. I do not foresee Schneider having such an influence on his pers as Luongo does.
Take out Luongo and you might take out the Canucks altogether. This is not so much about Schneider's performance, talent or spirit; it is more about having an aged goaltender who leads by example day in, day out.
Goaltenders are finicky, whoever they are. Historically, most goaltenders have lived an isolated life. They have been awkward with media and have been kept away from the mics and cameras. Goaltending is a world where solitude often meets loneliness. The media seldom talked to Roy for anything. Brodeur doesn't do that many interviews either.
In fact, when seldom seen, a greater aura of intrigue is created and intrigue can even lead to an aura of divinity.
Luongo's sole problem is he has been exposed to everyone too often through the media and so the mystery, the aura, is gone. This does not mean he cannot gain it back, like his prior form. Goaltenders like Luongo, Hasek, Brodeur and Roy are also known to perform better in their later years and when left to their own. Look at Thomas' awkwardness with the media. Luongo is not far behind.
It has nothing to do with Schneider and everything to do with the Canucks.
Edited by Canucks_Hockey_101, 15 November 2012 - 09:19 PM.