This is about Roberto Luongo and that should be surprising.
Because this season, for the first time in a long, long time, a Canucks team is about everything but the goalie.
There’s the riveting new coach. There’s the fading top six. There’s the ongoing metamorphosis from the skilled playmakers of 2011 to the Burrard Street Bullies of 2014. There’s the cursed power play. There’s even Zack Kassian, who is chewing up screen time this week by single-handedly shaking the Oilers organization to its core.
What there is not, is any significant debate, or even discussion, about the goalie.
Given what he’s endured for the past couple of seasons, fitting into the background suits Luongo just fine.
In fact, and you may have missed this while looking down another hallway, Luongo is thriving in the shadows.
His .924 save percentage is crushing his career average (.919) and fits into the NHL’s top 10, tying the oft-lauded Carey Price. His 2.19 goals against average would rank second best in ...