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07-24-2012, 12:11 PM
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Goalies aren't like forwards or defensemen. Typically what forces a player to retire is a bunch of nagging injuries over the course of their career. Goalies don't play that kind of game where you get hit and stuff, so it stands to reason that their career lasts longer. Granted there are injuries that occur torn muscles and concussions and stuff, but definitely not the same extent that skaters get. It's not uncommon to see a goalie be quite effective into his forties. Khabibhulin had a great start to the season, Eddie Belfour only retired 4-5seasons ago and old man hasek is considering a come back at 47.

There's no reason to believe that Luongo won't be as effective at 42 as he is right now.

And as I said...if he's not effective, he'll retire. I don't get the impression that he's the kind of guy that deludes himself into thinking that he's playing well, when he's not.

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