He didn't get beat by just any rookie goalie, he got beat out mahf***in' Petr Mrazek. In all seriousness, the best way to go is to allow Howard to get a significant number of starts then trade him at the deadline. Of course, his ntc complicates things, but I'm sure he'd waive it for a chance to be a starter again.
If he doesn't do well in those starts, it's a problem. I'm thrilled with the way Mrazek has played so far, but when you see what's happened to guys like Hammond and Darling, I'm not going to anoint him to the Hall of Fame just yet.
Goes to show there is no predicting how things will go or that there really is no momentum, and above all, even really good teams play poorly at times. Not a fan of either team, but wouldn't mind seeing the Sens complete the comeback. Can't stand Subban.
I don't see the NHL on any kind of mission or having some conspiracy to make Edmonton better. Makes no sense. What do they possibly have to gain from trying to make a small market Canadian team that still draws well into a more competitive team? Seems more like if they were to conspire, Arizona would be the team to get the #1 pick.
My definition and attitude towards fandom have changed through the years. Before, I always thought a fan was someone who supported the team through thick and thin. Now, I believe a fan is someone who enjoys watching said team. No more, no less.
Lets face facts here, we all want to say we are going to be fans of the Wings for life. Things change. Teams change. In another 20 years, this team may be the dead things again. Then most of us will go elsewhere and be fans of other teams. Some may stick around through the thin times, but I don't blame anyone who won't support a team that has a major downturn.
I know many Chicago fans that stopped supporting the Blackhawks because of what the previous owners were doing to the team. The blackouts, bad business decisions, and really just giving a big middle finger to the fans was a tough pill to swallow. Many just abandoned the Blackhawks and supported other teams. When the owner passed away and his son took over, he made major changes that brought the fans back.
These days, fandom isn't forever. People change. Sports clubs change. We all won't be Wings fans for life. Some of us may stick with the team, but I don't have an issue with people moving on from one team to support another.
Be a fan of whatever team you would like. Support the right team with your time and money. Thats what it all comes down to.
This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode about "fandom" where he basically said all that you're really cheering for is clothes. I can see for younger fans how it would be tough. There's very little or no loyalty with the players or the owners anymore. Again, Detroit fans are spoiled because so few players leave or are traded (I know many don't see that as a good thing) But we get plenty of time to form an attachment to the players and not many long term players leave to free agency or are traded.
There may be a time in the future where the ownership is horrible and there's a lousy product on the ice and I may not like what they do, but I can't see transferring my fandom to another team. I like players on other teams and respect other organizations, but couldn't see it going farther than that.