I can agree with what your saying. I will say that I don't hate Jimmy Howard, my gripe with Howard is I don't think he's earned his contract, much like I feel with Matt Stafford of the Lions.You have to win big in sports to earn those type contracts. Gotta do something great, not necessarily win a championship, but be good consistantly. I think Howard can be a really good goalie but only if he has a defense in front of him. Same with Osgood, what if he didn't have the defenses on those cup winning teams, he would basically be what Howard is. Howard is not elite and never will be, thats not a knock on him its just the way it is. Thats why its up to the organization to put a defense around him. They just haven't been able to do that.
Not sure why everyone expects Howard to be elite. He's not paid like an elite goaltender. Yeah he's going through a rough patch right now (the entire team is including Mrazek) but this rough patch doesn't negate his past accomplishments. Everyone is so quick to forget his all-star and Olympic worthy performances as soon as things get rough. The team, and Howard, will bounce back in time. Lets hope it's before the POs start.
Weiss can't win a board battle yet he's put in a position that only allows him to try and win board battles. He is way too skilled to be on the 4th line.
Anderson is not a PK specialist, he's just there because he's a 4th liner and not a top line guy. He doesn't block shots, he doesn't pressure anyone he just stands there waving his stick most of the time. No matter what way you slice it, Anderson blows and shouldn't be on this team because he contributes absolutely nothing.
Andersson doesn't bring anything to the table, but he also doesn't take anything off it.
Agreed about Weiss on the board battles. He needs to play center, especially on a line that will allow him to possess the puck. It doesn't surprise me that he turns it over all the time with the role he's in.
face it jimmy is just not good. It wasn't him who got them to where they were, it was the over achieving defense. He proved that by s***ting out the shootouts. Now when the D started playing bad, jimmy's true talent showed.
You can't hold an entire team responsible for the play of a few slumping individuals. For if you do, shouldn't we blame the entire team system? And if the whole team system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our hockey institutions in general? I put it to you LGW *points* isn't this an indictment of our entire sports society? Well, say what you want about the Red Wings, but I'm not going to sit here and listen to you bad mouth pro sports!
Who gives a sh*t who's in net. One of the worst and sorriest defenses in the league. This is more than just a slump. This team WAY overachieved and they're now back down to earth. But it is what it is. Going to have to start a complete rebuild soon. Wings need like 4-5 years of missing the playoffs.
4-5? What have you been smoking on? We need at least 10-15.
lol look at Kindl's stats this season compared to Brendan Smith's. Kindl has 1 more point and more goals despite playing less than half of the games of Smith. Also Kindl is a + player compared to Brendan's -
Both are 1st round busts at this point. Hardly serviceable as bottom pairing Dmen.