Really, what is wrong with having Osgood start every other or every third game? As things sit right now, I see Howard continuing to struggle, Osgood to cool off/get discouraged again, and here we are in spring out in the second round again. Do you think its a saving-face thing sometimes with Babcock, as in he doesn't want anyone to think anything is wrong with what he has been doing so he keeps on keeping on? He seems to do that a lot...
Babcock is delusional about goaltending. It's his blind spot.
He seems to think that he can manufacture a Starting Goaltender, by sheer number of Starts alone.
He did it with Legace. He tried to do it with Conklin. And now he's doing it with Howard.
Babcock needs to learn that what makes a goaltender a #1 Goaltender is NOT the number of Games he starts during the Season. It's what's between his ears. And you can't FORCE that, no matter how many Games you throw 'em out there.
Babcock seems pig-headedly stubborn, incapable of learning from past mistakes, and unwilling to admit when he's wrong.
Maybe THAT is what kept him from ever being able to make it to the NHL as a Player.