I'm in the middle on this one. Lidstrom has certainly declined offensively, and if the only reason that he gets 6.7+ is because he "must be the highest paid" player on the team... that's ridiculous. I honestly feel that at this point in his career he's worth 5-5.5 million. He's a huge asset to the team, but I'd like him to do them a favor to the team here. As good as Lids has been to Detroit, they've been very good to him as well.
I'm not off my rocker, though, I'm fully aware that once he leaves the team is going to change drastically.
I'd be pretty deflated too if I knew that playing my game meant taking a penalty... The Wings can't get any momentum with the refs taking over. Why would they push? They'll just get called for something else.
Babcock said it's been the most consistent goaltending since HE has been here... which is since 2005. I don't know why anyone's bringing up 1998, because that would be out of context. In the past 5 years, this is easily the most consistent goaltending in Detroit considering everything the team has gone through this year.
I almost feel like the year is a wash for Big E... I think he lost his confidence early, and just went downhill from there. It's hard for him to make ground now, but I feel like if he gets to spend the year with Lils as his partner (next season) he could improve mightily. I just wonder if his confidence is shot for this season.