Here’s an obvious statement: Roberto Luongo is a polarizing athlete.
There’s no middle ground when it comes to how he is viewed. Most fans either love him or hate him. With that being said, a lot of the hate and criticism directed Luongo’s way is rather unfair and—in some cases—completely ridiculous.
While it’s fair to have high expectations for an All-Star goaltender such as Luongo, much of what’s written about him is extremely ignorant.
This is nothing new, by the way.
I could probably write a weekly feature on the ridiculous critiques of the Canucks starting goaltender and have plenty of new material for each episode.
For example, last week there was a rumour that Luongo was being dangled in trade talks by GM Mike Gillis (via Ottawa Sun). This was a rumour that Gillis quickly denied on Twitter. I’m guessing the rumour was created due to the strong play of Cory Schneider recently, but as you’re about to find out, that doesn’t diminish the ability of Luongo.
There was also a horribly ignorant blogger featured on The Star Phoenix who blamed Luongo for the Canucks entire loss on Thursday against the Nashville Predators—even though Cory Schneider allowed three goals on five shots in the first period.
The same blogger described Luongo as a “nitz” in one of his earlier blogs (via Open Ice Hitter). For the record, the word “nitz” doesn’t appear anywhere in any reputable dictionary.
Clearly this guy has no clue what he’s talking about.
There are a number of reasons why Luongo gets unfairly criticised, but here are the three most recent critiques of him and why they’re unfair.