I don't see much contradiction there. He wants what most of us want - a McCarty/LaPointe/Drake type player who is good enough to hold down a roster spot even without fighting. Not a Downey/May/Norton who isn't.
You are going to be hard pressed to convince the majority to trade him, sorry. He is one of the most versitaile players the Wings have, capable of producing in more of an offensive role, or playing more of a 3rd line/defense role like he's been doing most of this season.
Is he worth this much in his current contract? Debatable. Is he worth trading? Not to me, and so far not to a lot of others on here.
Why are you so fixated on him in a bad way anyways, even when he was doing solid last season? Why not any other athletes on the team, and why just him? Really do want to know why and not just asking this to sound like a smart allec.
EDIT: And you'll probably find very few in here who are "Dan Cleary lovers". It's just you having an extreme view on the complete opposite end of the spectrum which causes you to think this.
Honestly, outside of Ericsson, you'd be hard pressed to convince the majority here that we should trade anybody.
I'll give the same answer I give with Filppula and Franzen. It all depends on whether the right deal is presented. Cleary is not untouchable, but it's doubtful he has a high trade value, unlike those players or even Hudler.
Careful mate, Cprice12 will come in and tell you how great their team is and all that. The Blues are a very respectable franchise and will be dominant for the foreseeable future. The Blues play with discipline, hard work and passion for the game.
The Blues don't have enough skill to make a playoff run.
They play too conservative and boring. It may have worked with the 1999 Stars, but Hitchcock won't duplicate it with these young pricks.
So he puts Hudler and Filppula out there to wrestle with Stewart and Backes, and he's laughing about it?
He got punched in the face. What else would he have done? And what could the players on the ice have done differently? There were 6 Blues forwards one the ice and all of them had a Wing tied up, leaving the 6th guy on Howard.
I don't like that those were the players out there, but what exactly is Howard supposed to do differently when he gets suckere punched in the face?
Ummmm.......where was I criticizing anything Howard did?
I dont know about the rest of you but I'll take composure, team toughness, push back and PP goals all day long over the dumb bull s*** that cost the Blues the game tonight.
You're not even a little ashamed that Howard gets pushed around every game, and he's the only Wing doing anything about it?
Other teams goalies (besides Buffalo) have other players to handle that role. Howard sounded pretty upset when he made that statement a few weeks ago about "being tired of being run" or something like that. Not much has changed since then.