I'm sure you do, so that you will not be deprived of a subject of complaint!
For someone that ******* NON-STOP about others complaining, you sure do a ton of frickin complaining about other people. Every post I read from you is a ***** fest about something another poster said.
Aussie is one of the most knowledgable people here on Red Wings prospects and there's nothing wrong with following Ritola and wanting him to succeed still. Too bad we can't ship you away to another team's board. Everyone would love that move.
Tonight was by no means Jimmy's fault, but it made me really think on the last time Howard put up a performance like Mason's. The offense isn't going to score 4-5 goals every game and the biggest difference to me with Howard from last season is his complete inability to steal a game or keep the team in it on a not so strong night offensively. He did it all the time last season and I don't recall a start since maybe before December or so where you could look at and say Howard "won" the game for the Red Wings.
Otherwise, it was just a terrible game. I don't think Franzen or Rafalski passed to a guy in the right sweater once. I hate watching this team try to finesse their way into the opponents zone especially with a man (or two) advantage. Dump it in, outnumber them down low and go to work in the corners. East-West passes at the blue line are a waste.
Apologies. I'll step aside so that nobody will be distracted from your senseless whining.
Oh God forbid a fan ever has a negative comment about their team with you. Everything is whining to you.
I've been consistent with my comments regarding Howard lately. If you think one comment is trolling because I was/am upset with Howard's play, then I have nothing else to offer. Make your excuses on why the team isn't performing. It's not like Howard hasn't been having outings like this for over a month now or anything.
I mean this with no disrespect to the Wings or any of you, but you guys have the most biased broadcast crew in the NHL. I have Center Ice and watch every team's broadcast crew, so I know. I have watch every wing game this season. Minny has the biggest a-holes for commentators, but your broadcast crew, (especially with Mickey) is UNBELIEVABLY cocky. They rarely discuss the other team. If Lidstrom poke checks a guy, they go nuts and talk about it for the next 5 minutes. Yeah, Lidstrom is the best, but coome on! And for some reason, they avoid talking about the Canucks at all costs. They can't stand the thought of the Nucks being ahead of them in the standings.
It's January 7th and the Wings have three top six forwards out. We just don't care.
Wow people crack me up... Babcock haters, it's really easy to look back and say he shoulda, woulda, coulda. Hindsight is 20/20. The way you people talk it's like we don't have the most successful sports team over the last 15 years, let alone hockey team. You make it sound like had Babcock only listened to you we'd have 3 more cups. Get over yourselves. When are you going to sit back and realize that although not without mistake, these guys know what they are doing and they are right far more often than they are wrong. It you could do it better you'd be coaching. It's one thing to disagree but your personally attacking Babcock.
What's hindsight about this? Howard has played poorly, Ozzie has looked solid, hence we believe Ozzie should get more starts. That's going forward and Babcock has yet to recognize the problem. I never said Ozzie SHOULD have been the starter all season. Right now, I believe Ozzie deserves more starts and Howard needs fewer.
Besides, just because Babcock and the team has been successful in the past, doesn't mean we as fans should be content and accept every move they make. Yes, mistakes do occur but to say Babcock is always right just because he is the coach and we aren't is absurd. Especially considering Babcock has a very questionable history of handling goaltenders which directly relates to the current situation. I think we're past the point of calling it a mistake, it's a clear flaw in Babcock's coaching ability. I still think he's a terrific coach, but he's stubborn as hell and I don't want that stubborness to cost the Red Wings a wonderful opportunity at winning the Stanley Cup.
Maybe Ozzie doesn't pan out, but then at least we know and tried it. All I'm asking for is Babcock to treat Howard the same way he treated Osgood in the past. He hasn't done that and with each Howard start to come, he continues to ignore a reasonable solution to the problem. Does anyone here trust Jimmy Howard if the playoffs were to start tomorrow?
I guess a discussion board is intended to only praise the team as everything Ken Holland and Mike Babcock does is always correct as they are in the positions to make decisions. I'll be quiet now and watch Howard let in another four goals tonight as clearly that is the route Babcock has chosen for this team to follow.
This isn't LGW without the ever constant goalie debate and argument. Home sweet Home.
These are the Red Wings, not Columbus with Steve Mason. If Howard is indeed only just slumping, then why not utilize a goalie with 400 wins and one that has proven recently the ability to give the team a chance to win? Ozzie looks as sharp as he has since the conclusion of the 2009 playoffs. With no Datsyuk and Cleary for an extended period, we need a goalie especially right now that is playing with confidence and can keep the team in a game.
Jimmy Howard has had more than enough chances lately and hasn't been able to do that. No one here is saying everything is Jimmy's fault, but when things aren't going well, why not go with the guy who has won a couple games in his career? The worse thing that could happen is he plays as poorly as Howard and then the Red Wings are just back where they started. If Chris Osgood had a stretch like Jimmy Howard lately, he would be on the bench for months. All I want is a little consistency in Babcock's approach to the goaltenders. If Ozzie is playing well, then he deserves to get some more starts. All this crap about breaking Howard's confidence is quite frankly bulls***. Sit on the bench, work harder in practice and come back stronger. Chris Osgood had to do it even more than he deserved.
Babcock is hurting the team right now by going back to Howard every game. Goalies aren't starters in this league just by title. He's had plenty of chances to get back on track and hasn't done so. It's beyond time to let Ozzie prove he can get the Red Wings wins. Until that happens, I'm sticking to my belief that Babcock has a double standard and continues to prove himself inept at handling goaltenders.
If Jimmy is our starter you have to roll with him in this one. He hasn't looked good lately but in sports there is this word called "confidence". Ozzie has played very well lately but Jimmy has to get his starts after the "not so good" ones. Also good to see Stuie is alright. That would be a pretty devastating hit to the defense at this point especially losing one of the real iron men of the team.
Howard has gotten starts after not so good ones. A month running now.
I am so sick of how much crap we give our guys. Jimmy has had a bad month. If anyone deserves your ludicrous moniker, its Ozzie, and we all know it. Have we all forgot how terrible Ozzie has been CONSISTANTLY, minus the 2009 playoofs, for two years. Meanwhile, Jimmy has a bad month after being incredible for us last year, and he deserves this crap...lay off, seriously.
I do recall a goalie making 46 saves not too long ago and his last name wasn't Howard. My point is I don't see why Babcock keeps going back to Howard so much when he has given up 4 goals in practically every start lately. You can bring up the past all you want, but Chris Osgood is playing better than Jimmy Howard right now. Ozzie needs to get some more starts.
Besides, Jimmy had one great year and I can't criticize his play but Chris Osgood has won two Stanley Cups as a starter and that's acceptable?