Roberto Luongo spoke to the media in Vancouver Tuesday, possibly for the last time in a Canucks’ uniform. Luongo revealed he is willing to waive his no-trade clause, adding that he doesn’t want to be one of those selfish guys and wants to put the team first.
Some people around the web seemed to be almost shocked to see or hear that Luongo once again handled himself, and the situation with class. If I were him, I would have flipped the room a couple of birds, and said, “See ya!”
Say you lived under a rock, came out from under it one day, and ran into a typical Canucks’ fan. More than likely, this person would start off the conversation with an “I hate Luongo” rant. At first, you are confused, but then jump on the wagon after all the fans’ convincing evidence. “He sucks! Luongo just sucks. He, like, really sucks. I can’t stand how much Luongo sucks!”
More than a handful of the fan base treats him like a terrorist. I have seen him being blamed for a goal, even when he is on the bench. I have seen the finger pointed at him for the team’s lack of offensive production. And yes, it’s also his fault for those rising gas prices. “Damn you, Luongo!”
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, and again. You don’t get nominated for the Vezina three times if you are garbage between the pipes. You don’t get to within one win of raising Lord Stanley if you can’t stop the puck. And you don’t win Olympic Gold if you didn’t make at least one big save. Some will argue that last point, “the team in front of him was amazing! A pylon could have played in net.” Maybe so, but remember that Luongo let in one less goal than Ryan Miller.
I hope Luongo gets moved, and I hope where ever he lands, he gets credit and respect. Two things he never received in Vancouver. Luongo deserves a fair chance, which I’m sure another organization and town would love to give him.