I want him to stay. He's an example. Look at edmonton. All the talent in the world with no one to look up to...bottom dwellers.
Who do you want our youngsters to learn from? Cleary with his "this is the price you must be prepared to pay" attitude, or Franzen with his "have a couple of decent seasons and coast into retirement on your lifetime contract" attitude.
I would take Cleary back - at a reduced salary - as the 12/13th forward. Rotate him in and out of the line-up, limit his minutes, ready for the playoffs.
Filppula was much better last game. Still playing too much on the edge, but so is half the team. At least the guy is moving his feet, trying to create and battle, even if he isn't doing it the best way possible.
Speaking of sloppy, lazy, perimeter players: when is our "favorite" playoff beast Franzen due back from vacation?
hey remember when peple said jimmy couldn't steal a game, let alone a series for us... lol some funny people around here, 2 gaa in last 3 games, and a shutout tonight when we needed it. yah JIMMYf****** HOWARD stole the s*** out of that game!!
I don't think he stole the game. It was an even game chances wise and shots wise.
He was easily the star of the night, though. The defense left him out to dry.
Stealing is when your team doesn't deserve to win and the other team does, yet your goalie steals the game. Kind of like Giguere in 2003 or Roloson in 2006.
We deserved to win this game as much, and probably more than Chicago.