The only Duck it's ok to like is, as ever, flying under the radar this season--second in points among NHL D-men, matching up against the opposition's top lines on a nightly basis. But Pierre Lebrun from ESPN gives him a well-deserved shoutout in this article. Lubo's one of my all-time favourite Kings and, much as I can't support the unexpected success of this year's Ducks (they were supposed to be cannon fodder, dammit!), the fact that Vis, softspoken lunchpale superstar that he is, has just as unexpectedly emerged to anchor a defense that seemed destined to be its team's downfall, kind of warms my heart.
I lost track of him a bit after the trade to Edmonton, but when he was a King, I, like many of you, knew him as an all-around stalwart as opposed to the purely offensive-minded guy that he was often reputed to be--a guy who was gritty, took care of business in his own end first and foremost and gave it his all every game.
Deserving or not, he won't get the Norris talk Lebrun's calling for. However, it is nice to see someone taking notice of his efforts, even if it's only in a lowly web feature.
Last edited by kingsfan25: 03-11-2011 at 02:05 PM.
... Of course I'm happy for Visnovsky. He was wrongly done here, as so many have been over the years
He was playing some bad hockey the season he was traded. I have a feeling that this has been forgotten completely. The same way we are supposed to talk only nice things about relatives who have passed away.
The trade was business and in my opinion a good business decision. The trade made perfect sense considering Kings situation at that time and it took skills and balls to execute it. If by "wrongly done" you think about the coach, well yeah, just like everyone else on the team not named Blake.
I would be happy for Lubo if he won the Norris. If this is the year we're not talking about Lidstrom, Chara, Pronger, Weber etc. then yeah, I think Lubo should win it over guys like Yandle, Byfuglien and Letang. But I think Lidstrom is putting up enough points this year to probably take it.
Lubo is the only non-American Duck that I root for so I'm glad he's having a great year. I wouldn't give him the Norris though. He's just getting a bunch of hype because of his recent hot streak. He's up there though but I definitely prefer both Lidstrom and Yandle to him this year as of right now.
__________________ "I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough." - Mark Twain.
Pierre Lebrun has always been a big fan of Lubo and its easy to see why. The guy seems to only be noticed by the more astute hockey fans for his two way game. Look at the defence partners/pairing the other top Dmen have and you see that Lubo is doing great. He is tied for the NHL lead in points by a dman with 55 and his
+10 is tied with Letang and Weber for the best plus/minus by dman in the top 10 scoring. Lidstrom is a -1! Lubo reminds me of a Zubov type who never really got much credit for his two way game and was only seen by many as an offensive dman with a big shot.
As deserving as every year probably.
You'd think the people in charge would notice as well... lets not forget Mike Green was a nominee. Add to that the fact that Lubo is good on D as well as O he should be a contender.
You can't help but love Lubo. One of the most underrated players, I'd love to see this guy get a norris and maybe a cup in the twilight years. It kills me to see him in a Ducks uniform, hopefully he'll go somewhere else.