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CDC's ability to take in the effect of long-term injuries is TOO DAMN LOW (looooong read but may be worth it)

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While I agree with the Raymond and Malhotra injuries (for eye problems, think Bryan Berard), Luongo doesn't factor into this equation. His problem is psychological, not physical.

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Agreed. None of those players deserve the hate they get. While at times, we've needed them to be better, but they've never been the reason we lost a playoff series. It's a team game, win or lose, but people will always use scapegoats unfortunately.

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I believe Luongo had three ,if not four serious groin pulls and or injuries with the Nucks,alone.

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Yeah I agree man. But what else can we expect? We're a city that is passionate for hockey and we've gone 41 years without a cup. We're bound to rage out at our players ever so often.

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I hate the people that spit and piss on a guy who gets his eye poked out and another guy that breaks his back in the SCF.

I may be hard to take at times, but im not that evil.

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Glad you took the time to write this up, although the ones that should read it probably won't. I am hoping that Raymond and Malholtra will have a better season this year, but like you say, they are rcovering from some tough injuries.

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Loved it. Touched on issues I've felt for awhile now. Sometimes people have to realize that hockey players are human too.

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Don't forget Kesler and his shoulder. Who knows if he'll ever be able to score 40 goals again...

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I hate the people that spit and piss on a guy who gets his eye poked out and another guy that breaks his back in the SCF.

I may be hard to take at times, but im not that evil.

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Dead on. Good read, I agree with all the points you made. I'll admit I was a little hard on Raymond, I think a LOT of it had to do with the fact that he wasn't producing yet AV was still putting him in the top 6. He's AV's golden boy and I found it unfair to a lot of the other players on the team who bent over backwards and couldn't get a second chance. I guess my anger should've been more directed towards AV. Anyways +1 for the positive thread. We need a LOT more logical fans on this forum.

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Hockey players are not random generators. The stats they put up almost directly correlate with, among other things, their physical condition.

There are often other factors, but one thing I noticed is that we don't take into account the severity that certain injuries could cost a player, even after years.

The most obvious one is Mason Raymond. Not to beat a dead horse here, but his back injury (along with his multiple broken finger injuries) probably took a bigger toll on him than anyone ever gave him credit for.

Think about it. He fractured his spine. That's one of the most fragile and critical parts of the human body. Remember how Brent Sopel injured his back while bending over to pick up a cracker? If you injure your back once, and especially if you injure it like Raymond did, there is no way a person could play to his full potential in the next few years. I myself lightly injured my upper back a few years ago. Even today, if I do a little lifting only slightly out of perfect form, my back twinges and stings. What do you think Raymond is feeling every time he tries to pull off a hairpin turn or getting body checked? Don't you find it miraculous that he even recovered in a couple months?

I am almost convinced to the point where I might put money on the table that he played through a substantial amount of pain last year. His general weak balance showed that, but at he same time, the sporadic flashes of talent here and there shows that he is not a bust, but just too broken.

I don't think trading him will do any good because he won't fetch much in his state. He's not a liability, and he is fairly versatile and still puts up fringe top-6 points. If he hadn't almost become crippled I wouldn't give him any leash but, this isn't about slack or sympathy. This is him not being fully recovered and us having to accept the fact that if he is to stay, he won't ever be the 09-10 Raymond.

I find that Malhotra experienced a similar incident, where he suffered a very serious injury and was never the same.

"But he injured his eye, it has nothing to do with physical presence". The next time you do anything, do it with an eye patch on one of your eyes and see how much harder it is to do it.

Try playing hockey with an eye closed. It's surprising how narrow your vision becomes without your second eye. That fact that he is still playing and putting up points is very impressive. I have a lot of respect for Manny, and I know almost everyone on CDC does too.

It's just that when I see him getting ragged on for not playing as well as he did in his first year, just remember, eyesight = vision, and vision = passing plays and assists. Not to mention he fell out of shape and out of the flow of the game from being out so long.

Lastly, Luongo. He hasn't really suffered a huge injury, except the groin pull(?) that sidelined him for a number of weeks. However, I think there is a bit of a mindset problem with him. And I think we are part of the blame. I include this because I consider it as a kind of injury, a mental one at that.

1. The team unwittingly puts pressure on him.

It's more than proven that we don't score goals in the playoffs. We have more games where we go 0-2 goals than 2+. Everyone knows this, and nobody knows better than Luongo, who is playing for a city who will blame the goaltender for most losses. A competitor himself, Luongo knows that if he does not play the one of the best games of his career, there isn't much chance of winning.

Don't tell me the lack of scoring doesn't get to him in any way. He is literally the counterpart to our offense. The better the offense, the less important the goaltending (probably correlates with the supposed regular season success since we score just fine). And, the worse the offense, the more scrutiny on the goaltending. Wait, what? When the offense starts to suck, our goaltending gets more blame during losses? Ah, it's not unjust at all. Roberto probably loves the extra middle finger.

2. We ran him out of this city even if he is to stay. He has no reason to play his hardest consistently any more. Maybe that's why you see "inconsistencies". Don't you ever get that? Your job, school, something. You probably have gone, "what's the point of this" and wanted to just stop. Whatever the reason for that was, it was probably some form of the job feeling pointless or unrewarding. And I bet that's exactly how Luongo feels. Not many seem to like him, the media is looking to undermine him, and his backup is getting all the positive attention. Not to make him sound like a whiny child, but he is human. He has no obligation to be good to the fans if we aren't good to him.

This can't justify some of his performances, but we can't justify the hate we're giving him given Luongo's level of effort, passion and drive to win. He probably just doesn't want to play hard for us anymore, while Schneider feels he must do well to keep himself from going under. If you want an example, think of the booing when he got pulled. Even if it was not real, the media speculation and the fact that it probably was halfway true shows the city hates him while demanding the best out of him.

It's 2AM right now. I apologize in advance for the dumb mistakes I may have made while typing. Hope you had a good read.

LoB

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Yeah but Batman recovered SUPER quick after Bane broke his back. All Raymond needs is an out of practice chiropractor in a greasy prison cell and *POP*... Bob's your uncle.

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So, in short, any Canuck who has ever sustained any kind of injury is off the hook as far as responsibility for our collective failures goes. In fact even if they were still able to play in the NHL any injury is a good excuse for the team not winning it all. In other news Steve Moore is faking it and is just trying to soak money out of a minor "fracture" in his spine (NOT a broken neck).

Mason has had a SEASON AND A HALF to heal his back; if he's still not 100% he should retire. Ditto Manny (who I love BTW). Ditto Edler and everybody else who was "playing on one leg" in the SCF. That was a loooooong time ago. More often than not injuries are a lame excuse, especially if the guy is playing games regularly (the Luongo one especially).

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While I agree with the Raymond and Malhotra injuries (for eye problems, think Bryan Berard), Luongo doesn't factor into this equation. His problem is psychological, not physical.

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