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Louie, boo-ey

Posted on: October 20, 2010 11:32 am
Edited on: October 20, 2010 12:58 pm
I suspect there is a great deal of concern around Vancouver today, just not because Canucks’ forward Rick Rypien embarrassed everyone by losing it and going after a fan in Minnesota.

No doubt the NHL will come down hard on Rypien because the league suspended him even before holding a hearing. And the length of the ban should be severe because Rypien’s action was indefensible regardless of the taunts being directed at him.

However long the suspension ends up though, the impact on the Canucks will be minimal because Rypien is a marginal role player who contributes little that doesn't involve his fists. What should matter more to Vancouver is what helped trigger his breakdown, the beating being administered to the Canucks by the Wild.

That has to be disconcerting for those who believe this team is a serious contender for the Stanley Cup – say everyone in that part of the world -- because it was so thorough, and from a team that has been bad enough to earn a bag skate from its coach a week into the season. On paper the Canucks may look like they have the goods and the depth to make a real run, but the start to the season has been uneven at best and in what should be particularly troubling, Vancouver is getting shaky work from goalie Roberto Luongo.

It probably didn’t help Luongo to come back in Minnesota’s Xcel Energy Center after a game off, something the organization plans to give him more of this season with Cory Schneider ready to handle a bigger load. For whatever reason, the Wild's digs have always been a trouble spot for him and the loss Tuesday dropped Luongo’s career record to 3-9-2 there.

But Luongo looked less jinxed than bad on most of the six goals he gave up before being pulled to start the third period. That’s 14 he has allowed in his last three games. Those aren't the kind of numbers expected to be associated with someone usually referred to as an “all-world” talent, and certainly not a confidence builder for Luongo or anyone in the organization heading into Wednesday’s game at Chicago.

Despite it being only two weeks into the season, this is a game the Canucks circled on the calendar as soon as the schedules came out. It's an early opportunity for them to make a statement about themselves, and against a nemesis they may well have to go through to get to the Stanley Cup.

Thing is to do that, they’ll need Luongo to play the way he is supposed to, not the way he did in the previous playoff meetings with the Blackhawks. And not the way he is playing right now.
Category: NHL

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:49 pm

Louie, boo-ey

Whew...   I figured it was me drafting him that was the problem.  Thanks KM9K for shouldering the blame on this one.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 3:14 pm

Louie, boo-ey

Vancouver and San Jose get the Dallas Cowboy treatment every year. You'd figure people would learn by now. First, Luongo is average at best. He easily has the worst contract in the NHL. Yet just like the team he plays for, he gets waaaaaayyyyy too much love. The numbers don't lie. Luongo crying after the Hawks (the 2008 - 2009 version, not the 2009 - 2010 Champs) pounded him silly does not lie. Moving past the average goalie and his $10,000,000 salary, this is still a punk team. Burrows the hair-puller is the biggest ***** in the league, narrowly edging out his former teammate Phil Kessel. Rypien showed us all what he's all about, as did Malholtra when he shockingly blamed the fan. Same old Canuckers. Enjoy the annual early vacation.

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:11 pm

Louie, boo-ey

He has a bad histroy at the Xcel energy center, thats for sure. In watching that game last night I was surprised they left him in for so long, I thought maybe after the 4th goal they would pull him. They have to play Chicago today so I was surprised that he stayed in for all those goals.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 1:13 pm

Louie, boo-ey

and in the olympics he tried as hard as he could in the gold medal game to give it away. He was bailed out by Crosby, but he gave up I think 2 goals with less than 2 minutes left and one goal with about 30 seconds to tie it. He's completely overrated as a goal tender.

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:41 pm

Louie, boo-ey

Luongo's problem is simple. I drafted him for my fantasy team. That means he's totally screwed and will have a terrible season. It's just a rule of nature. Sorry 'Nuck fans. ;)

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:27 pm

Louie, boo-ey

Not sure why but Luongo has been awful since the Olympics last year. He was not the same goalie after helping Canada to win gold, you would think he would have gotten some sort of lift from that experience.

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