January 11, 2013
"But coach Alain Vigneault refused to say who will be the team's starter when the season opens."
"[Luongo's] one of my two goaltenders," said Vigneault during a media availability at Rogers Arena. "We've always made the decisions in the best interest of the team. We've got two great goaltenders, two great people that are great teammates and both want to play."
Just thought I would throw this out to all the Luo haters who want him gone. Heads up, cause the longer this goes on, the more likely he stays for the season. I've posted on this topic before, but a direct quote originating from today, just can't get anymore recent. Moving Luo this season is a huge risk and it looks the organization is aware of that.
LUO HATERS...... REACT TO ME
Not moving him 100% guarantees we have no 2nd line center, which will fold this team quicker than a cheap tent in a hurricane.
We actually DO have a number of options to replace Kesler. Most notable in my eyes, Ebbett. He is the most experienced/capable including any of our prospects.
The real problem people seem to be missing though, is the wingers on that line. Raymond needs out of here badly. He's the classic perimeter player who never really gets anything done, and Booth - well that remains to be seen. I don't like the fact that him AND Kesler on one line are both very much north/south type of players (an american hockey trait by nature?)
With Kesler there, he is capable of dragging those two schlumps around with him, but neither, and very specifically Raymond, have proved they are anywhere near 2nd line material on a team this good.
Yeah, we can keep Luongo... and you can write off the season along with it.
Get to work Gillis