The Luongo Thread: Just The Beginning (mod warning in post #445)
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04-04-2013, 04:20 PM
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Which as a Leafs fan is absolutely refreshing. Too often we've had a guy looking out for #1 instead of the team and the Leafs paid the ultimate price with years of pitiful teams and no playoffs.
And frankly, the here and now? We have two young goalies who are playing every bit as good as Vancouver's goaltenders, behind what most people and their grandma would say is a vastly inferior team. Seems pretty fruitless to trade a plethora of assets for someone who isn't really needed, not even taking into account his albatross of a contract.
And last year guys like Mike Smith and Brian Elliott were the second coming. Dan Cloutier even had a good year or two in Vancouver but you can't count on it to continue.
Not saying Reimer is junk or anything, but a couple goalies having decent save percentages over 20 and 16 game samples is pretty meaningless on its own when you're looking towards the future.
There's a reason why goalies like Lundqvist or Luongo command large contracts and that's because elite goalies can perform at a high level year after year after year. If a team continually goes with inconsistent goalies they run the risk of having their entire season blown due to bad goaltending (see Tampa as a good example).
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