i did a search and couldn't find a rollie melanson appreciation thread.
i was just thinking earlier today, did we miss a golden opportunity last year?
what if gillis had decided to get lou a full-time goalie coach after the first chicago series? last year's hawks were a deep and excellent team, but luongo playing deeper in his net, with better focus, playing until the whistle, not diving or looking at refs while the puck is still in play-- captaincy or not, i think lou + melanson last season could have taken us on a run. depleted blueline or not, god modeTM luongo would have given us a shot against any of the remaining teams. not saying we would have won, but i think we could have.
on the other hand, even if we'd somehow beaten the hawks the actual luongo of last season would have 100% fallen apart facing the big san jose and philly forwards.