The news broke this morning: Roberto Luongo left Colorado to be with his wife in Florida, and may not be back before Friday's game against Minnesota.
Let the arguing begin!
Some will say Luongo was completely wrong leaving Vancouver in the middle of a playoff race. Most others will say that he was right to go be a part of the birth of his first child.
I agree with the "most others." One of the most important moments in a man's life is when his child(ren) is born. Yes, I understand that the Canucks are fighting for their lives, and Luongo is the team. Without him they might as well kiss the playoffs goodbye. But at the end of they day, the Canucks are not a very good team and will probably not go far in the playoffs if they make it.
Which would you prefer? The memory of your first child being born and being with them, or missing it so that you could get your hockey team into the playoffs to lose in the first round?
Anyone who says that Luongo is not dedicated or is not a team player needs to get those loose screws in their head checked out.
This is probably the best thing for the Canucks anyhow. Luongo (and therefore the Canucks) have been playing terrible hockey as of late and are in the middle of a three game losing streak. This is probably due to the fact that Luongo's head hasn't been in the games because he is thinking about his wife and soon-to-be-born baby in Florida.
Although he will probably miss a few games, if Vancouver does manage to hang on while he is gone they will play better when he comes back. Why? Because he will no longer have the distraction of worrying about his wife and baby.
Not to mention he will probably be over the moon with joy, which should only make him better in these high pressured games.
The main thing for Canucks fans to remember is: Whether you make the playoffs or not, do not blame Luongo. The last thing you need to do is drive out the player who makes this team any good.