I can't say that I'm thrilled about Nabokov becoming a Wing because I'm worried about what this will mean for Osgood. I was hoping he'd have 1 more season in him but if we have Nabby they might decide to just let him go when his contract is up. I'm not ready for him to be done playing.
I know just how you feel, Dawn. Dom got forced out of Detroit, too, for no good reason other than league politics and some other things I believe, but cannot prove. He chose to retire and leave his beloved Wings because he knew this team was done with him. As he said, "I am done with the NHL, but not with the business of hockey, I think." He meant that, apparently, since he has not stopped playing and winning championships in Czech and Russia.
I don't know that Ozzie's got another year or not. He's not Dom... who is still playing at age 46, come January 29th. But you have to accept that Dom is a unique specimen by anyone's reckoning.
As for Nabs coming here, he's not pushing Ozzie out. Kenny made the decision that we cannot go forward with one goalie, essentially. Howard is young, but he's not invincible. We are not doing well without Ozzie to back up. The guys are exhausted from all the other injuries and Jimmy's taking a battering because of it. I hope Jimmy knows that bringing in Nabby is an insurance policy. And nothing more. At the end of this season, Nabby will be free to sign with any other NHL team -- and he will. Watch and see.
As for Ozzie, he will probably have the option of coming back as back-up for another season, if he wants. We just can't go forward or into the playoffs with one goalie and the threat of having Ozzie go down again. He will, if he tries to come back too soon after the surgery.
Howard is like most goalies - as his defense goes, so goes his game. With the players we have had injured and the duration of the outages, I am not really surprised Howard is worn down and off his game.
There are really very few goalies playing right now who I consider game-stealers, aside from Thomas, on occasion.
We expect way too much of this team. That said, they looked like they were skating in a different dimension last night. They have to be better, or there is no hope for Jimmy.
Get out the torches and pitchforks. It's been a while since the fans have run a goalie out of town in Detroit, for playing as well if not better than the majority of NHL goaltenders... it's Jimmy's turn!
auugh.. our boo-boo list makes me want to boo-hoo. But, at least we can watch a game without hearing you-know-who's name every shift. No doubt there will still be many, many mentions of his highness, but I bet his team mates are enjoying their time as hockey players, rather than nannies on skates.
Go, Wings. Win this one, we need to catch Vancouver!!!!