Asked about the Nabokov signing, Howard said: "That's out of my hands. That's up to management and what they think. If he can help us, he can help us." Asked whether he thought Nabokov, 35, was signed as insurance or to push him, Howard said: "I don't need anyone to push me. I push myself. I work hard in practice every single day, and I just go out there and try to win games for the guys." Read more: Wings know Nabokov a long way from joining team | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20110121/SPORTS05/101210437/Wings-know-Nabokov-a-long-way-from-joining-team#ixzz1BiEnTq2D
This is why I called this a bulls*** move earlier. I don't think it's fair to Howard and I don't like the way he's been set up. I'm not angry at Howard for his play this year, though it's frustrating. And while I don't hate Babcock, you could say it angers me to consider the manner in which he's dealt with Howard. I've said all along that he's being set up to be run down and I didn't like it. I think he's got a load of potential and I feel like they've squandered it, and any way you shake it, to me this move feels like they've given up on Howard.
And I don't like it one damn bit.
Howard's the first guy to come through the organization that I think has the attitude and skill to be the long-term goalie since the last long-term goalie, Chris Osgood. I think it's total bulls*** that Babcock tried to fast track his development at the risk of him crashing, when he really should know better. Countless other young goalies who burn out fast tell the tale. As the pressure mounts and they're not mentally acclimated enough to the NHL game to deal with it, things fall apart. I don't think it was fair to Howard at all and I don't like it one bit.
Whether he moves to another team or never returns to a consistent form, I think it will be an absolute shame.
And the only animosity I will have towards anyone involved in the matter will be Mike Babcock.
WTF do you mean fast track? Howard has been baking in the minors for as long as possible and is 26 years old damn near 27. The Red Wings organization have taken their time with Howard getting him into the big league and now that he is struggling it's all Babs fault? During his AHL days they said inconsistency was a problem with him and this year it's showing. Last year was a great year and he carried the team for a huge stretch of the season. Guess what? When you play like that the expectation of how good you play goes up. Even with crappy defense and a poor team in front of him last year he was able to handle the load this year not so much.
IMO the Red Wings learned from last year they cannot ride a hot goalie all season long. Sure they could do it if Howard was playing great but even if he was this is a good move because they can take the load off of him and keep him fresh for the playoffs. If Howard or anyone else does not like this move to bad. The Wings want another cup plain and simple. If Holland thinks this is a necessary risk/gamble to try and get Nabby he will take that risk if it means our odds of winning the cup goes up in his eyes.