Going to tonight's scrimmage, and i feel like tonight may very well be the last time i will ever see Roberto Luongo dawn a Vancouver Canucks jersey on-ice in person. As much as i believe it is the wrong choice to trade him, it's inevitable and i've came to the conclusion that he will be with another team sooner rather than later.
Ever since he's came into the organization, he's been nothing but class, class and more class. Even in this whole debacle, he's remains loyal to the organization and to the fans. Us, as fans, seem to take most of our players for granted. He's been great in the community, leader on and off the ice, and most importantly served as our number 1 goaltender for 6 years.
Watching him play was an absolute privilege. My first Roberto Luongo memory was probably when he robbed Stu Barns in Game 7 vs Dallas, which was my first ever playoff game. What a game that was, Luongo absolutely stole the show. He carried our team on his back throughout the entire season, and without him we would've been in contest for a lottery pick. I found that on most nights, i wasn't excited to watch a Canucks game, i was excited to see Roberto Luongo play. The flashy gloves saves, diving stick saves.. It's been a fantastic 6 years.
People seem to forget what he truly brought to our organization. Before Luongo, we were this mediocre team after the WCE days that simply couldn't find success. We were pretty much like the Flames are today, a team with talent but nothing to show for it. With Luongo, he truly put his mark on the team. The moment we traded for him, Luongo was the team. This was before the Sedins emerged and all that. Luongo was the superstar of the team, and rightfully so.
He brought us to the Cup finals in 2011, and was there when we needed him most. That save on Sharp in Game 7 probably saved half our rosters careers in Vancouver.. 2 SO in the SCF, what more could you ask of from a goaltender? That 2011 run was one of the greatest couple of weeks of my life in recent memory, and it wouldn't have been the same with Luongo between the pipes. (Although Schneider was decent in his 1 game, i was laughing my ass off when he got completely destroyed in the shootout and ended up cramping up)
From all the fans who will always be fans of you Roberto, I'd like to thank you for everything you've done for our organization. You will always be my favorite goaltender, even if Schneider brings us to 50 cups. The screams and roars you could bring into the garage with one single save can never be matched by any goaltender.
I have a big problem with everything bolded in your above statement.
1. Luongo has no choice but remain loyal to the organization, he is under contract. He remains loyal to the fans? I'm sure he couldn't give a sh!t about the fans. He said in an interview once that he plays for his family, friends, and teammates, no mention of the fans, end of story.
2. We were a mediocre team for 1 year before Luongo came on board. Before that there was a lockout and before that we were division winners and a high scoring, exciting team to watch. The team simply couldn't find success? Aside from a couple PTs, what great success has the team had in the Luongo era?
3. Luongo didn't "bring" the team to the Final in 2011. If you'll remember, he melted down halfway through round 1 and we were almost knocked out by a Chicago team who were only a shell of their championship team from the year before. He was there when we needed him most? Frankly I think this is part of the reason we didn't win. If he wasn't there when we needed him most, maybe we wouldn't have gotten blown out so many times.
4. 2 Shutouts in the Final, what more could you ask from your goaltender? Well, how about not giving up 20 goals in the other 5 games. How about not letting the most important games of your life get so far out of reach. Losing is one thing, that is acceptable, getting humiliated and losing all momentum is another. GAAs of 4+ dont win many cups.
5. You were laughing your ass off when Schneider cramped up in his first playoff start? Do you remember why Schneider was playing that game? It's because your hero had his annual meltdown the previous 2 games and all of our momentum was gone. Who ended up losing that game by the way? Oh right, it was Luongo!
Schneider's the man in Vancouver now so you should probably learn to deal with it. Unless of course you are going to jump ship and cheer for whatever team Luongo is on. That's probably for the best if your'e just going to go into hysterics whenever Schneider doesn't have a good game.
6. If Schneider brings us even 1 cup, nevermind "50", he will be above and beyond more successful than Luongo ever was. Go follow the MapleLeafs.