I'm not sure what Ozzie is thinking.. maybe he's just frustrated because he expecte dto be #1 this year and have Howard backing him up.. But I definitely don't think there is any problem with playing your #1 goalie every game you can.. Look at teams like NJ and Vancouver.. I know Howard isnt Brodeur or Luongo but if you have a #1 goalie you play him all you can.. How many games has Dannis started in NJ? Like 2 or 3?.. Thats what being a back up goalie is.. If you don't wanna be the backup goalie then shut your mouth and play like you wanna be #1 when you do get your chance, that's all there is to it.
I don't think Ozzie is upset that he's the backup. None of his comments seem to indicate he believes that he should be a starter. His complaints all revolve aroudn how long between starts. He, like everyone else, feels that Babcock is playing Howard TOO much, and that it allows one of the goalies to get stagnant.
Ozzie is still a team player, he's not upset with Howard from the sounds of it, or jealous. He probably feels he can't keep sharp without the starts and is concerned about his own chances when he does start. He knows he deserves to be the backup but he also feels he should play more than once a month, which I can understand.
He just shouldn't go to the media with it.
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