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.