Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/22/10 at 12:41 PM ET
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
Doubts? Sure, there were doubts. Almost everyone within the Detroit Red Wings had them at the some point last summer.
Jimmy Howard, after all, was no longer a kid. He was a 26-year-old goaltender who had spent the last four years toiling in the minors. Even an organization that had prided itself on being patient began to wonder if time had run out.
“I’ll be honest. It was doubtful whether he could play in the NHL,” said Jimmy Devellano, a long-time executive with the Red Wings. “We believe in trying to give everybody maximum time to develop, because obviously when we drafted them we saw something in them. And we try not to rush development.
“But I would say Jimmy Howard took it to the extreme, because generally after four years you really should know. You really should. But we didn’t.”
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