April 13, 2012; Vancouver, BC, CANADA; Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings in game two of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Rogers Arena. The Los Angeles Kings won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Has Roberto Luongo Played His Final Game As A Canuck?


I admit it.

I chuckled when I read that Roberto Luongo was going to be sat again during this year’s playoffs.

I snickered when Vancouver’s darling Cory Schneider was getting another start.

I giggled with robust joy when Vancouver failed to advance to the second round of the playoffs at the hands of the eighth-ranked Kings from Los Angeles.  Nice President’s Trophy, guys.

I try not to kick Vancouver too hard when they’re down (really, it’s more fun to watch the Canuck Circle Of Life fall down about itself), but it’s hard not to snicker a little when you hear that Roberto Luongo just might waive his no-trade clause if asked.

Have we seen Roberto Luongo play his final game for the Canucks?  Does he want out?

While Vancouver certainly isn’t in my top 28 favourite NHL clubs, I almost feel a little bad for Roberto Luongo here. The spotlight in Vancouver has gotten so bright over the past few years that anything less than a Cup is an utter failure.

Bowing out to the eighth seed in the West after winning the President’s Trophy is good cause for that label.

No, Luongo didn’t have a very good playoffs this year.  In two games, he allowed seven goals on 64 total shots, which was good for a .890 SV% (that’s Khabibulin numbers in 2010-11).  That’s well above guys like Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury (an incredibly terrible .830) and Philadelphia’s Ilya Bryzgalov (an also very bad .870), but not nearly good enough to win plaoyff games on a consistent basis.

When Luongo has a bad game, it’s bad.  It’s compounded by the fact that almost everyone outside of BC likes to see the Canucks fall.  The media spotlight this guy has would crack me in thirty seconds.  Now add to the fact that the Canucks just might make RFA Cory Schneider their guy this fall, and you’ve really got a cauldron of things.

Not very good odds if you’re both a fan of Luongo and the Canucks.

I can’t speak for Roberto Luongo, but if I’m him, I waive my no-trade clause the moment I see something decent walk in the door.  It might be Washington.  Maybe Tampa Bay.  Whatever it is, I take the first Greyhound out of Vancouver to a team where I can start.  While the Canucks might not be totally sold on Cory Schneider starting full-time, Luongo can make that decision a lot easier for them by speaking up.

And no, not Edmonton.

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