Howard proved capable this year. But who is to say he will next year. A lot of times rookie goalies play well their first year and then struggle the next. Look at Tim Thomas (who i realize wasn't a rookie). He won the veizna and then lost his starting job. It's not guarenteed that Howard will be good next year.
Look, no one's saying he's going to be as stellar as he was this year, but he'll likely have a better team playing in front of him all season given that another black-plague's worth of injuries doesn't befall this team again this coming season.
Even if Howard did struggle, what savior of a goalie could the Wings sign with that extra $1.2 in cap room that so many are bitching about? That amount of extra cap room is hardly going to solve anything between the pipes.
Was reading his interview with the swedish news
"- I am pleased, even though I probably could have pushed further in the salary negotiations, says Lidstrom"
Errhm does that mean he think he could/should have gotten more but settled for this.. like he think this "discount" is really massive for him?
(Yes, I screamed it)