Howard = 2nd season = Sophomore slump.
Fine. If that's what it is, fine.
Then WHY keep him in there, Game after Game, and allow him to keep struggling, when you have a 400 Career Game Winner outplaying him when he's NOT stapled to the bench?
What happened to Babcock's mantra of: "It's about Winning. It's about who's playing better. It's not about personal accomplishments."?
Or is this no longer the NHL, where the goal is to WIN?
Are these no longer the Detroit Red Wings, whose goal is to contend for the Cup. Every year?
Is it now the Jimmy Howard Developmental League, where the goal is to "season" James Howard, and get him experience?
Ken Holland has ALWAYS held the opinion that he wants his Players, ALL of them, "over-ready" before they take on major roles with the Red Wings. What Babcock is doing flies in the face of that philosophy.
This should NOT be about Jimmy Howard, no matter how promising he appears to be. Because the fact of the matter is that there are MANY "promising" rookies and young Players who just never. pan. out.
Babcock is trying to force the issue. It's going to backfire. Detroit is NOT the place to "test" a rookie goaltender.
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