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Roberto Luongo is not amused.
Ideally this one should go without saying (and not at all be viewed as a "bold statement"), but I've read far too many opinion pieces of late that suggest the Vancouver Canucks should trade their franchise netminder to let this one slide.
When Roberto Luongo was traded to the Canucks on June 23, 2006, he immediately became a superstar in Vancouver—finally a savior to the Canucks' many, many years of woe between the pipes. (Seriously, how many pre-Kirk McLean Vancouver goaltenders can the average fan name?) In his first season with Vancouver he racked up a franchise-record 47 wins, five shutouts and a trip to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Luongo's play in the playoffs has been marred as his biggest flaw—consecutive collapses against Chicago in 2009 and 2010 (not to mention that close-call seven-gamer against the Hawks this year), and his bizarre mixture of spectacular and abysmal play in this year's Stanley Cup Final.
Now, while I'll readily admit that his mental toughness in the playoffs leaves much to be desired, Roberto Luongo was far from the only reason the Canucks failed to hoist the cup this past June. Among other things, injuries to Hamhuis, Kesler and Henrik helped cause the drastic decline of the Canucks' power play and total offensive production in the final.
Luongo is a major cog in the Canucks machine. While Cory Schneider finally made his Jennings-winning turn this past season, this is Luongo's ship, and it's not time to abandon it.