Im just gonna keep ranting here. Really tired of the unjustified Luongo hate on these boards.
-Sorry to single your post out, but its just the common thinking I see on these boards.
I don't mind you singling out my post.
However, I did justify putting Luongo where I put him, and on top of that, I said he's probably lower then he should be, but I've seen first hand how he can implode. Whether you think it was soley on him or not is fine, it's a team game, it can't all be Luongo's fault. On top of some of his poor performances, Burrows and Kesler haven't played well enough against the Hawks, nor have the Sedin's been as great as they're likely capable.
However, Luongo will have to go deep to prove himself. Have all the other goaltenders I listed ahead of him gone deep? No, they have not. But, they play on lesser teams (no offense!), with less expectations, and haven't gone on after a loss to say "At least I didn't let in 7"...
When Luongo goes deep, I will happily give him the respect. I don't hate Luongo, I cheered for him as loud as anyone else during the olymipcs, but he's got to prove himself in the playoffs. Vancouver has had cup aspirations for a couple years now and he's been a very big reason why they haven't gotten there. Not the only reason, but a big one.
Anyone else think Luongo and Schneider's stats are inflated whilst using save percentage as an argument?
Save percentage has nothing to do with the team in front of you. Whats so ever.
You could make an argument that the team infront of him does have quite a bit to do with it. Less high quality chances, less shots in general, etc. But anyways I'm not saying I agree with his reasoning, but he's not a troll for having that reasoning.
I think Hawks fans are just intentionally putting Luongo in the bottom 4 just to get a rise out of Canucks fans.
In any event, if you are a GM I think you look at these guys in tiers. I feel really good about my goaltending with the tier 1 guys. I feel reasonably confident in 2a and slightly less so with 2b. The tier 3 guys are, I think, unknown quantities. If they're playing like they can, they can win you some playoff games, but in my view its a gamble.
1) Rinne - Luongo
2a) Bryz - Hiller
2b) Niemi - Howard
3) Quick - Crawford - Ellis
I'm all for tiers. But I just can't put Bryz with Hiller and the others. I'd either make tier 1a and 1b, having Bryz in the 1b. Or have tier two for Bryz himself. In my opinion he is up there with Lu and Rinne. But I don't see how he can be any less than third, with a gap between fourth.
The idea that Crawford is better than Luongo is even more nuts than the idea that Howard is better than Niemi.
Nashville overcounts shots and this is Rinne's first above average season.
Recently it seems like a bunch of posters have been on this "X team overcounts shots" thing. What is this based on? Because if it's "well, I counted this many shots, and the guy in Nashville counted this many" it's pretty unreliable. If it's "ESPN counted X shots and _______ counted Y shots" it's still unreliable. It's one person's count versus another. Also, it being Rinne's first "above-average" season (I think it can be argued that anything above .910 and around or below 2.50 is above-average, if only slightly) isn't relevant since this is ranking the goalies for the play offs this year, not based on careers. If it were relevant this is when I'd go into how Trotz misused Rinne last season by rotating him with Ellis instead of using him in the workhorse role in which he thrives, but I digress
(Hiller would go here if it weren't for his unfortunate situation)
It's tough to rank the eight goalies when Anaheim has three possibles
Am I taking this thread the wrong way? I was under the assumption we're selecting goalies based on how we feel they rank going into this year's play offs... why does last year or the season before even matter? As much as I dislike Vancouver, Luo has had one hell of a season with those guys. Weak division or not, he's still had to play a ton of games in a very competitive Western conference. Call me a homer if you want, but I only take Rinne over Luo going into the play offs. MAYBE Bryz instead since he plays at a high level behind a team that plays similar to ours.
That's fine and dandy, but if we are going to judge them on an individual basis, the influence of the team in front of them must be considered. The best measure of this (in my opinion) is playoff stats, and Luongo didn't do so well last year. If he puts up great numbers this year and stands on his head, Ill retract my opinion. Having said that, and having experienced the frustration that is the Pacific division goalies, I'd take any of them over Luongo If I had to dump Bryz. And yes, I've watched Luongo.
Bottom? No. Top? Definitely not, and I'm not alone in this. Lets see if he can do as well in the postseason before anointing him.
and Rinne gets a pass on proving himself because?
Oh right, Luongo on hf. Double standards and stupid comments galore.
But I'm a worthless canuck homer for bringing it up.