Yes the guy who nearly blew the game with his poor rebound control. That Canada team was hockey's version of the dream team. But news flash, it's called the NHL HoF.
If that team was so good and they would have had no troubles winning with anyone in net, why did Brodeur, a first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the greatest ever, get benched in favour of Roberto? Oh yeah, that's right, because Luongo took the starting job with his amazing play. If Roberto isn't in net Team Canada doesn't win the Gold. Brodeur was getting outplayed and MA Fleury was sitting in the pressbox.
Carey was a joke, but at least at one point in there career they were top at their position. Luongo never has been, and probably never will. Hence him being traded this off-season.
I don't know about you, but most people who have a functioning brain would rather have a goalie who has consistently been a top 5 goalie for over a decade over a guy that has literally had one good year in his entire career.
That isn't a lot of difference in games for such a huge discrepancy. How many times has swiss cheese allowed 7 goals in a playoff game? Conn Smythe? His performance was still worse than Kolzig's 98 run.
Luongo let in 5 or more goals 4 times in 2011 playoffs. As opposed to Thomas who let in 5 or more goals 3 times. Thomas won the Conn Smythe last year. Deny it all you want, but Lou was a legitimate contender for the Conn Smythe last year.
Strong playing better, they lost the next game. Losing in 4 or 5 is often the difference of a bounce. How many times have the Canucks lost in the first round?
They won game 4 and outplayed LA in game 5 and lost in OT. Way to keep up with the rest of the league.
How many times have the Canucks lost in the first round? This year was the first time since 2002.
Because I like hockey, and I am not a huge homer? I realize they choke every year just like Luongo/Canucks.
You're not a homer, yet 95% of the posts you make in this thread are regarding the Caps.
The Canucks choke every year? You can't choke unless you are a contender for the Cup to begin with. The last 3 seasons are one of the only times in franchise history when the Nucks were a legitimate threat for the Cup.
2010 - Lost in second round to eventual Cup Champions (looking back, no one was losing to Chicago that year. Chicago was a higher seed as well)
2011 - Game 7 of SCF
2012 - Bounced in first round (Yeah we choked here, but LA was a lot better than the 8th seed, underachieved all season)
But you're right, Luongo with his zero cup wins is HoF. That's why he is being traded.
11 straight seasons of .913% SVP or higher
7 straight 30 win seasons
4 time Vezina finalist
Team Captain (First goalie in 60 years to be team captain)
Hart Trophy Finalist
Lester B. Pearson finalist
Olympic Gold Medal
Stanley Cup run
2004 World Cup winner
World Championship gold
Career SVP of .919% (over 700 games played)
All at the age of 33. He's still got about 5-6 years of play left in him. He will for sure have 500 wins by the end of his career and he still has a few more years to add more hardware.