Except that it wasn't Holland at all. Babs, Dats, and Z, wanted him back. Holland's got a lot to be ashamed of (Tootoo, Sammy) but this one ain't on him. Here's the quote...
"Nyquist could have made the Wings to start the season. But Holland signed 40-year-old free agent Daniel Alfredsson, and then he re-signed 34-year-old Dan Cleary in training camp. Cleary was a surprise, because he had bad knees and better offers elsewhere. But coach Mike Babcock wanted him back. The team leaders wanted him back – from Howard to Zetterberg to Datsyuk. And he came back on a one-year deal worth $1.75 million, when he turned down the Wings’ offer of three years at $2.25 million per on July 5 and the Flyers, Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets were offering three years at $2.75 million per."
Man, imagine how much Cleary is kicking himself now... looking like he could be washed-up after this season because of his health and poor play. Sad to see the guy leave that much on the table and have it go sour, especially with all the great memories here, but the fact remains he should have never been brought back.
He also had an absolutely horrible giveaway that lead directly to Colorado's second goal.
It's not all rainbows and puppies.
shhh... not too loud, reason and logic are null and void in some parts around here
For a rookie playing his first handful of games in the NHL? God forbid! Seriously, have you seen some of the crap Legwand has been laying out there? Even Tatar continues to turn the puck over with some regularity in terrible spots on the ice, but I'd take him over not only Legwand, but any trade acquisition we've had since.... when did the PS2 launch?
The Howard-bashing needs to stop. He certainly hasn't looked great this season, but his track record (especially in the playoffs) should give him the benefit of the doubt. He made some amazing saves tonight despite his defense ending up out of position on almost every play. The first goal was broken coverage that gave Plekanec an open shot from the slot. This was probably one that Howard could have stopped, but good shooters score from there all the time. The second was a horrendous turnover in the neutral zone that resulted in a perfectly executed 3-on-2. The third occurred after a blatant interference non-call and was a screened shot with eyes that probably even shocked Desharnais when it went into the net. Number four went off Kronwall; no goalie can stop deflected shots unless they get deflected right into them. Number five was another blown coverage and another deflection that Howard had no chance of saving.
If you want to blame someone for Howard's save percentage, blame our defense.
Is it Howard-bashing to say that Howard hasn't played well? He hasn't. Its nothing personal, but the fact remains that the stats are crap and the anyone that watches the game can see he isn't tracking pucks well, his glove has been wavering, his rebound control is non-existent, and his body language after goals doesn't instill confidence.
Every game we can do the postmortem on each goal and find a screen, or a bounce, or a "good shot". When we end up blaming zero goals on the goaltender who is routinely letting in 3-5 goals, you might have to look at your own objectivity. I'm not saying every goal is Howard's fault. I'm saying the trend is that he lets in a lot of goals at the worst possible time and he needs to own that as much, if not more than our crappy defense.