Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Roberto Luongo Wants No Part of Your Ill-Conceived Attempts to Increase Scoring

This net is black not!
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To many the chagrin of many fans, or possibly only me, the NHL has bandied about the idea of using bigger nets in an attempt to increase scoring. Honestly, they might as well eliminate the position of 'goaltender' all together, because it seems that's the kind of scoring it will take to get them to find a happy level of offensive output, but I digress.

Whatever the NHL plans to do, All-Star and potential future Hall of Fame goaltender Roberto Luongo plans to have nothing to do with an increase in the size of the nets.

In a conference call Tuesday, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo said he would retire if the league used bigger nets.

"If that day comes, I don't think you guys will be seeing me in the NHL," Luongo said.

Luongo said he would retire, even if the league made the nets bigger by just a few inches.

"I have no intentions of playing with bigger nets," Luongo said.

In my opinion, it's about time someone told the league to shove it where the sun doesn't shine. If we make the nets bigger, it's likely that scoring won't reach the levels it was at in the 1980s. If that's the case, I have a hard time believing that the NHL's Powers That Be would stop there. At some point you're going to have to accept yourself for what you are and live life to the best of your ability. You can only have so much plastic surgery before you look ridiculously fake, and you can only try so many avenues to increase scoring before it's not the NHL we know and love anymore.


  1. I am the NHL- LOVE ME!!!!!


  2. I wonder how much say the player's "competition committee" has when the NHL proposes horrific stuff like this.

    Perfect example - the new RBK uniforms which not only whisk away sweat but divert it to the players gloves and skates, forcing them to make glove and skate changes halfway through the games this offseason. It has become obvious the NHLPA was never involved in the testing of these uniforms. Ask Cam Jannssen how much he likes the new unis after injuring himself when his jersey ripped in a tussle.

    I'm happy Roberto said enough is enough. We don't need soccer nets on the ice.

  3. Meant to type "preseason", not "offseason".