A couple of things - and don't get me wrong, I'm ok with however this turns out and feel we're lucky to have this "problem".
Just because a goaltender has struggled in the playoffs doesn't mean he always will. There have been some great goaltenders who have had less than great performances, but we demand perfection?
Goaltenders can't be "on" all the time and it's all about timing in the playoffs. I'd hate to imagine Lu's playoff redemption coming while playing on a different team.
I hear you Deb. And we are lucky to have this "problem". The thing for me is that I was at this point at the beginning of last years playoffs. In spite of Schneider's better numbers in the season, AV went with Lu to start. I was uneasy with it, because of the three previous playoffs. But I was willing to allow Lu yet another shot. He still deserved to start IMO at the time. But for me that was the last chance. After 2 home losses to start with a .359 GA and .891 SP, sorry, that was the last straw.
Yes, we didn't have Kesler at 100%, we traded away one of our top scorers at the deadline, and the team was still in shock from Daniel being knocked out, but to me, that's when Lu HAD to shine. To carry us through that first round until Daniel was up to speed. He was being paid the kind of money to do that role. Scoring was a weak link, but when goaltending is added as another weak link we didn't have a chance.
I would hate to see Lu winning the Cup on another team as well, and it is a risk to give up on him. But it's a bigger risk to give him yet another chance. Could it be that he's playing so well and relaxed now because he knows there's no pressure to prove himself or fight for his job anymore? I would think he's more professional than that, but I just can't trust him again. It wasn't so much allowing a fluke goal, it was his mental strength after that happened. He seemed to be kicking himself mentally in the minutes after and so wasn't focused for the next flurry, which would result in another goal......and then another....
He can have a huge ego, especially when he first came in here and thats not a bad thing especially for a goaltender. But it seems like it was so huge that when a weak goal is let in, its almost as if he is so astounded and shocked that he could let in such a goal that it throws his whole confidence out. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's how it looks. If Lu was starting again for us in the playoffs, I don't think my nerves could take it, especially if he let in the first goal.
4 bad games at the beginning of a season are pretty meaningless. 4 bad games at the end of a season are a different thing entirely.
It hasn't just been once, or twice, or three times - Luongo has had a meltdown every year since 2006-07. It's been a consistent pattern. Denying it is plain ignorance.
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Its time to move on and Ride the Schneid!