Does he get more attention than other guys because he's as good as he is? Sure.
But even as he's improved in these areas, does he still whine and dive far more than most players, let alone players of his class? Absolutely.
He may not be as bad as he was, but he still carries himself on the ice like an entitled little punk. But as pissed as we are at Crosby about it, the league's lack of willingness to send him a message about some of these issues is just as bad if not worse. If the league weren't so desperate to have a star to parade around, he might've developed into a respectable competitor instead of simply being known as a whiny brat with skills.
that's also the reason we need Ryan Miller. Jimmy Howard is nowhere near the talent of any of those guys you listed. You just made it crystal clear for anyone who believes Howard can carry us to glory. +1,000,000 for you!
So long as Howard can play better than he has this year and our D gets better, we would be fine with Howard. I hope this year was an anomaly for Howard, and a stronger D is going to help him in any event. If the D gets stronger and he still struggles, then yeah, he's got to go given how much we're paying him. But I think those are still big "ifs" right now.
There are days when our defense looks way better than it should, and then there are days where they look like a box of factory reject dildos. I still just can't believe how many forwards we've added in the last few years considering how many quality defensemen we lost. It shouldn't be so easy for the D to be this useless. The defense absolutely needs to get stronger so they can stop having to rely on luck and can just start being good.
I think we look exactly like we did against Buffalo the last 2 periods. Creating some chances offensively, but overall being really sloppy with the puck and getting out of position defensively.
Franzen has to get going, he's been pretty bad lately. It's painfully obvious that we're struggling to find scoring if Nyquist isn't acting like Stamkos.
Maybe someone on the team should call out Franzen...
You know he was sitting up there pouting, getting a back rub and eating a big slice of cake on a paper plate to feed his depression.
What's really funny to me though is that when I was searching for perhaps some more perspective on Edzo's apparent distaste for Detroit, the autofill came up with when typing "Ed Olczyk ha" was "Ed Olczyk hates the Bruins." It seems as if Bruins fans feel very strongly about him to, and might have as good of a case as we do. If true, he really must not have known what to do with himself tonight. I read that the guy wants to get back into coaching again, so here's hoping. It'd be way more fun to just beat his team and not have to hear him yammering on during national broadcasts.
You know, I was a believer longer than most that we'd still pull off making the playoffs, but when that last round of injuries hit, I was ready to throw in the towel. It was so bad it was to the point where the little part of me that even believed it was possible wondered if it was worth it to rush such a hurt group of guys back when we're just so physically beat up as a team. As in, mostly is it worth it to make the playoffs and get knocked out in the 1st or 2nd round even but have Datsyuk come back and hurt his knee more or have Zetterberg not have more time to properly get healthy? But either way, it was still just so bad that the idea that we'd really find a way to pull it off just seemed exceedingly unlikely, especially with Howard continuing to struggle.
Howard might've had his best game of the season tonight and it was just a big, big, big "best game of the season" by any measure for this team. I've never bought into the idea of building off a couple wins this season because his better play this year was still below the level we know he's capable of. But this is the kind of game at the point in the season that really has potential to keep him going. This was a hard fought win and big statement for Howard at the right time for him to start making big statements.
And to be totally honest, there's still a part of me that's really worried about Datsyuk and Zetterberg coming back this year given the apparent severity of their injuries, but there are so many good things happening with this team that it's hard to not be excited. I've long believed that a relatively healthy version of this team is fully capable of making a stink in the playoffs, and in many ways, I believe that all the more so now.
Any way it goes, what these kids and the few old guys not hurt are doing is really, truly special and it's been a hell of a lot of fun to watch. Miss the playoffs or make the playoffs, go far in the playoffs or get swept in the first round, again, any way it goes, what this team is doing right now is special, and they should all be incredibly proud of the way they're beating every reasonable odd to make this push.
I'm really kinda getting tired of everyone blowing up when Howard has a good game, and I'm talking more on the media and coaching front. I don't think it's doing him any favors. He's struggled to have a consistent stretch the entire season and every time he has a good game, people make a big deal out of it and hope for the turnaround. Then he ends up struggling again a game or two later and people make a bigger deal about that. It's not like flipping a switch where having a good game is going to make a consistency problem better, and sometimes the way he responds to it all makes it seem like he almost thinks it is, and then when it isn't, he's just right back to the opposite extreme.
I know it's never going to happen, but I just wish we could leave the guy alone for a few weeks and not focus too much on the ups and downs. Right now his biggest problem is performing consistently, and dwelling as little as possible on the ups and downs might help his mental approach to it all. I don't know if it's possible to ban him from doing media, but I'd love to see that go down. No need to have the media poking and prodding someone struggling when they already have a bit of a polarized personality.
Bottom line, Jimmy Howard needs to get his head clear and find some balance. He's more than capable of being a much, much better goalie than he's been this year. He's not a technically perfect goalie, but not many are and I really don't think the weaker technical areas are ultimately what has caused him to struggle with consistency. I'm really more convinced at this point that it boils down to his mental game, and if he's going to improve in that area, he's got to get better about not getting too caught up on good and bad games and find a way to stay level.
And while we may not have had a great 3rd period, but bear in mind, we've had a lot of bad 3rd periods and we typically end up losing or heading to a shootout to lose. We pulled it off tonight. Ugly as it may be, we found a way to win. That's a positive worth acknowledging despite the issues. They obviously have to improve, but they didn't quit and scored a couple goals to ensure that we didn't lose or head to OT.