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by Paul on 09/07/09 at 09:19 AM ET
from Chris McKosky of the Detroit News,
“There are people out there who think (Howard) is a washout,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “But I like to bring goalies along slowly because I know how important that position is. I don’t want to go through growing pains with a 23-year-old. I am trying to avoid putting players in the NHL and have them learn how to play pro hockey while we’re losing.”
Holland feels Howard’s apprenticeship is over, as do general managers throughout the league. Holland said he had to deflect a lot of interest in Howard at last year’s trade deadline.
“I just had to keep working hard,” said Howard, who says he never felt the organization bailed on him. “I never had a bad meeting with Ken. It was always positive, so I knew in the back of my mind that I’d be up here one day. Now the door is open and I have to walk right through.”
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