Get Howard back to pre injury form and use him as trade bait.
Exactly. I'm hoping both our goalies have a great year, so we can trade Howard in the offseason. Get a cheap, veteran back up next summer and yay cap space! Or even at the trade deadline if there is a non playoff team in need of a goalie with a player we could really use.
To answer the question: No, Howard is the number 1
Then why was he sitting on the bench in the playoffs? Not saying he won't be the number 1, but that question is very much up in the air and there is a chance we might not even have a final answer until April when game 1 begins.
In the end, I think Mrazek either runs away with it, or they both do well and split time. I just can't see the upcoming season happening with Howard being the clear number 1.
None of us know what is going to happen. But what would you do if he doesn't want to resign? keep him 1 more year and have him walk for nothing, or move him for more assets? never an easy choice. Then there is the cap side. Yes he is great, but what does 10+ million do to your roster?
The best move would be to have a good chat with him the summer before the final year of his contract and see where his head is at. If he wants more than you can pay, start shopping him. As great as Stamkos is, the depth/picks/prospects the team could get for him would still keep that team realgud for a very long time. 10.5 mil eats up a lot of cap. Comes down to whether you want that 10.5 superstar, or a couple realgud players that give the team more depth. Either way, what to do with Stamkos is a pretty good problem for a team to have. Especially if part of a trade is agreeing on a long term deal to the team being traded to.
Word has it that Babs is a reason why players don't want to come here. Wasn't there a poll where Babs was voted the coach that players would least like to play for? I'm just hoping that with him gone it may help us. I'm guessing most NHL players don't really have an opinion on Blashill.
Unrelated as f***, but I have a band on George Street currently rocking out tunes for the Wings. Don't stop believing, living on a prayer, sweet Carolina, the works. Easy to do when the band is Habs fans and hates the Babcock signing he even went silent and let me yell SOUTH DETROIT! Into the mic. Yes, I am hammered.
Kidding! I'm excited, too, though also somewhat saddened to see Babcock go.
I know what you mean. I am very sad to see Babs go. Especially after his media thing today. But definitely no sour feelings. Thankful we got to have him around for a decade. Would love to see him come back in some capacity when he is done coaching.
At this point, it doesn't even matter why he left. We had him as our fav teams coach for 10 years. He left on good terms. There are no hard feelings on either end with the exception of some bitter fans.