Has anyone else noticed that Ozzie seems to be hiding ever since he has become the clear cut backup. Usually the backup goalie hangs out on the bench/hallway near equipment manager Paul Boyer and charts the shots during the game. The backup also usually comes out on the ice with the rest of the players after the game to congratulate the winning goalie. I have been to a couple of home games recently and have noticed that Ozzie does not stand on the bench or come out to congratulate Howard after a victory. I have read nothing but positive quotes from Babcock and Howard about how great of a teammate and mentor Ozzie has been for Howard but I am very surprised that he is not being a team player. Even Hasek let his ego go during the 2008 playoff run when he was diminished to a backup role. He continued to be great in practice and sit on the bench and support Ozzie and the rest of his teammates on their run to the cup. I am disappointed in Ozzie and feel that he is being a bit selfish. What are your thoughts?
**EDIT - UPDATED ON 5/20/11 to allow for Winnipeg**
We've gone over this several times, but this time I did some geographic research, travel distances, etc...
I'm in the mindset that all teams should travel equally and I would split it basically on a North East to South West type bend and then separate it back into Wales and Campbell Conferences and divisions (division names are just ideas and subjective) - Spread out original 6 teams, 3 per conference, equal West Coast teams split per conference - EVERYONE TRAVELS
**DISCLAIMER** - Below are just suggestions and NOT the guts of the post, the real thought is into the re-alignment into an even travel schedule for all teams - take the suggested conferences for what they are.
WALES CONFERENCE ADAMS DIVISION Edmonton Vancouver Calgary San Jose Colorado
PATRICK DIVISION Minnesota Toronto New York Islanders Buffalo Chicago
HOWE DIVISION Columbus Nashville St Louis Detroit Ottawa
CAMPBELL CONFERENCE SMYTH DIVISION New York Rangers Philadelphia Washington Florida Tampa Bay
NORRIS DIVISION Anaheim Los Angeles Phoenix Dallas Winnipeg
ORR DIVISION Boston Pittsburgh Carolina Montreal New Jersey
Everyone travels, all teams have ABOUT equal travel all the way around
In Division games - 5 games a team = 20 games Out Of Division/In Conference - 3 games a team = 30 games Opposite Conference - 2 games(home and home) = 30 games 2 flex games against opposite conference, geographic relevance/rivalry games = 2 games
82 game schedule.
I realize that some teams MAY get boned the most on travel IN division, but put it in perspective, only 10 games of these 20 against these teams will be on the road and it could be part of a west coast swing... also, all other teams in the division, essentially have to make the swing at least 5 times a season, plus the extra 2 or 3 for out of conference, so it comes very close to evening out... it still screws them less than the current schedule screws quite a FEW teams (Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota, Columbus, Nashville, etc...)