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Canucks: Today's Bad and Good

04/20/2007 at 7:48pm EDT
Bad is the news about Matt Cooke -- put him out of your mind, because he's not back anytime soon:
Forward Matt Cooke's status has been down graded from day-to-day to week-to-week. Cooke hasn't skated since suffering a groin injury April 11 in Game 1 of the Canucks series with Dallas. "Matt is not day-to-day anymore," announced Canuck head coach Alain Vigneault at the morning skate Thursday. "He's either week-to-week, or week-to-day, or day-to-week. Or whatever you want to call it. But he's past the day-to-day stage now." - Vancouver Sun
Good is the endless pandering to the Legend of Luongo that our goalie seems to inspire in the hockey media. Remember how Marty Turco accomplished his second shut out of the series last night? Well, that's nice, because no one else does. It's all about our Louie... "Best Goalie on the Planet"?
Among the questions that may be answered by the time this long Stanley Cup tournament draws to a close is the identity of the best goaltender on the planet, 2007.He won't necessarily wind up hoisting the storied mug come June. Plenty of champions have been crowned with someone who was just okay between the pipes, winning by virtue of overwhelming talent and emotion and commitment and a bit of good fortune — consider Carolina last year.Others were backstopped by one-hit wonders, guys who got hot at the right time, and then were never quite so good again.But there's that other scenario as well — a goalie for the ages taking a merely good team, carrying it deep into the playoffs, and establishing himself as the sport's top dog.
Stephen Brunt at the Globe & Mail goes on to make comparisons to Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur, who became almost legendary even before raising the Stanley Cup.I find it almost surreal having a goalie in Vancouver that inspires such comparisons. For one reason, it's so nice not to have to spend my time DEFENDING Canucks' goaltending!

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