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02-07-2013, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Winger98 View Post
I think it's a message being sent to Howard. He's given up a number of weak goals this year and hasn't stepped up to be the backbone we need him to be. So he gets sat for a big game against a division rival. I seriously doubt Howard is at risk of losing his job, but if Mrazek steps in and dominates...well, it gives Babcock options moving forward and maybe lights a fire under Jimmy.
I would agree that Howard has not been very good. But honestly, I don't see a message being sent here.

But like I said in the offseason -- Howard was going to get exposed this year. And he has been.

He's a good NHL goalie. But he's not great. He's not elite. I think his playoff performances have show that. And I think we're seeing it again now.

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