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Calling Out Goalies

from Stan Fishchler at the Hockey Journal,

* Roberto Luongo’s dismal playoff performance against Chicago – for the second spring in a row he choked against the Blackhawks – underlines a few points:

1. He is the most overrated — and overpaid—goalie in hockey;

2. Vancouver will never win a Stanley Cup with Luongo in goal; and

3. The sooner dear Roberto gives up the captaincy, the better off it will be for the entire team….

* Now Boston must deal virtually useless Tim Thomas, who’s overpaid and over-the-hill and a dubious Number One anywhere.

As the Bruins went down in the last moments of Game 6 in Philly, the cameras caught Thomas smiling on the bench, talking to Tuukka Rask, who’d just been pulled. We wonder what was so funny at that point in time.

more hockey notes…

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Part Of The Problem In Vancouver

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Roberto Luongo, as much along for the ride behind good teams as Chris Osgood most of his career behind powerhouse clubs in Detroit—and please, is there a more ridiculous concept than Osgood as a Hall of Fame goaltender?—has allowed five goals or more in five of the 12 conference semifinal games against Chicago over the last two years, so it’s fair to ask whether the captain is as much a part of the problem in Vancouver as he is part of the solution in Vancouver.

It’s a little late for GM Mike Gillis to be asking that question, however, given that Luongo has 11 years to go on the contract he signed last summer.

Garth Snow wants to know if Gillis has considered buying out Luongo.

more hockey talk from Brooks…

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Performance Issues In Vancouver

from Derek Jory of VancouverCanucks.com,

As Gillis and head coach Alain Vigneault held their year-end media availability in front of gaggle of reporters, questions were aplenty, ranging from Roberto Luongo’s captaincy to the ineffective Canucks penalty kill, but the major query on most minds revolved around losing to Chicago.

“I think we clearly didn’t compete the same way in the playoffs as we did in the regular season and we have to take some time and evaluate why that happened,” said Gillis.

“It’s a little too close to it to start assessing what went wrong, but we had players that had career regular seasons and we didn’t get the same performances in the playoffs and we have to figure out why. I think before we get to changes that have to be made, we need to go through that evaluation.”

read on

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Should Luongo Keep The ‘C’?

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Luongo was named captain of the Canucks for all the right reasons. He is the leader of this team and it was certainly a good decision at the time. He led again this year, although perhaps not in the direction most were hoping for. And he led in that less desirable direction for lots of different reasons, not the least of which was the defence in front of him and the ridiculous workload which is finally being seen for the detriment it is.

Alain Vigneault said after Game 4 that Louie was the second-best goalie on the ice and he was, which isn’t surprising because it was coming from the second-best coach in the series.

That coach might also have pointed out that Henrik Sedin was the second-best top centre, the entire top six was second-best top six and the back end was the second-best defensive unit in the series as well. But even the coaches have a fixation on Luongo, yet they wonder why the fans and the media are the same way.

For starters, what’s the alternative? If Luongo isn’t captain, who is? And what happens if and when the ‘C’ were removed from Luongo’s name; what would change?

read on

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Willie Mitchell Gets A Few Things Off His Chest

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

Nearly four months since suffering a concussion which has kept him away from hockey, an emotional, red-eyed Willie Mitchell returned to target the NHL and indict chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell for his inconsistency in dealing with head shots.

Mitchell said he was disappointed by Campbell’s decision making. He said a neutral party is needed in Campbell’s role because his “relationships” with teams and players can bias rulings.

“I know Colin Campbell has a lot of relationships with general managers and owners and stuff like that,” Mitchell said. “It’s very tough to hand down decisions on matters like this when you’re friends with people.

“It’s like saying I have to discipline my teammates. It’s too emotional. You can’t always make the right decision.”

continued

note 4:10pm:  I changed the link and story since the original one was reomoved…

If you need a refresher, watch the hit below…

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Canucks Have Some Problems

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

With the body stretched out on the mortuary slab, the problem with the Vancouver Canucks isn’t determining the cause of their death.

It’s picking any one of the 58 areas in which they were exposed against the Chicago Blackhawks.

In no particular order, the Canucks demonstrated they aren’t big enough or tough enough; their best players — Roberto Luongo, the Sedin twins, Ryan Kesler — aren’t good enough; and they have to improve their penalty killing specifically and special teams in general. Then there’s the coaching, and let’s not forget Mike Gillis, the man who just gave us two years of Pavol Demitra.

continued

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Goalie For Sale

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Thanks to the Vancouver Province for the pointer.

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Does Roberto Luongo Need To Take More Responsibility?

Kelly Hrudey of HNIC says Luongo should be saying “I need to be better” instead of talking in general terms.

Watch the Luongo post-game interview or scroll to the 6:50 mark and watch Kelly’s reaction to the interview.

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It Wasn’t Supposed To End Like This

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

In the end it was hard to watch. A Vancouver Canucks team which had entertained so royally all year literally ground to a halt, virtually every forward with any capability of an impact either injured or paralyzed with fatigue.

Yes the Chicago Blackhawks were the better team and deserved to win but that most certainly doesn’t explain what happened to the Canucks Tuesday night, a team which simply ran out of gas like a truck with a leak in the fuel tank and parts falling on the road as it slowed down.

In the end, only Roberto Luongo was there doing his job as the players around him dissipated and were again physically bleep-kicked as they were for stretches of the series.

Everyone knew the defence was seizing up but what was most disturbing was what happened up front to a team with this kind of depth.

continued

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The Better Team Won

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This time, there can’t be any doubt.

There is no culprit for why the Chicago Blackhawks walked into GM Place and won all three games of this series, the final one a 5-1 paddling in which the score was precisely indicative of the play.

This wasn’t about the refs, the league, or a goalie. Though that 12-year deal for Roberto Luongo that begins next season isn’t exactly looking like a steal right now.

This was about the Blackhawks running away with the series, for the second consecutive year.

“They were the better team,” confirmed Kyle Wellwood.

“I don’t think they’re a better team than us,” countered Luongo. “But maybe just a smarter team that knows how to win.”

continued

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