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by IwoCPO on 11/14/11 at 07:21 PM ET
We dig it because we’re Red Wing fans and this is what we’ve become used to. We dig this, Howard’s absence from the All Star ballot for the second year in a row, because it’s further proof of something we’ve been telling the rest of you for years: the NHL is a barnyard joke.
Your nominees, Gary? I’ll show you.
Name two goalies you’d rather have right now, and for the long haul, than Jim Howard.
Of goalies with at least ten starts, Howard is:
Second in GAA (1.66)
Of the nominees, only three have a sub-2.00 GAA.
Third in Save Percentage (.934)
Of the nominees, only Khabibulin and Lehtonen have higher percentages.
Second in number of Goals Allowed (20 in 12 starts)
Naturally, he leads the league in shutouts with 3. Of the nominees, only three goalies have more than one shutout. And this:
Howard has twice as many wins as All-Star ballot candidates Halak and Brodeur combined.
Like so much else about the NHL, this process is a joke. It’s pathetic, like the game itself and the commissioner who lets it happen. Jim Howard isn’t one of the best 18 goalies in hockey? Ok. He’s top 3 is what he is. Consider what he’s meant to this team this year alone and he’s already earned a start. But that’s not how this league does business.
The great thing about this is that we actually prefer to see the Wings shut out of Gary’s little popularity contest. Howard sits? Great. He’s going to be ridden like a Dive fan in prison this year as it is. But this isn’t about resting this team’s most valuable player (yep…I went there). This particular discussion is about what’s right and what’s consistently wrong.
In my mind, Howard’s the Vezina leader this season, as nobody really believes that Khabby will keep this up. Yet, he wasn’t even placed on the All-Star ballot, despite the fact that Mr. 89.6 save percentage Roberto Luongo somehow made it. Hell, now Blues backup Jaro Halek made it with a 88.2 save percentage.
I don’t really care about the All-Star game, but we need to get the word out there. Howard’s a star. He’s elite and deserves to be recognized for it.
Exactly. Howard is a star. He’s playing as well or better than any goalie in hockey. And he’s been a top five goalie for two years. But, he’s not even nominated? What a shitstorm of a pisspot league we live in. Once again, as always…Gary?
James Reimer is a goalie for Toronto. He’s started six games. Six. He’s been nominated to the All Star Game.
If you don’t see this for what it is, then you need to go ahead and suck it. Here’s an argument you’ll get from people who want to rationalize this bullshit. They’ll say, well…the Wings have four other nominees (I only know the number and I’m assuming it’s Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and…Franzen?) and every team needs to be represented and what about Minnesota or Columbus or Darren Garcia? Don’t fans of those teams deserve representation?
Yep. And they can stuff the ballot boxes all they want, and they will anyway. The bottom line is that, again, a Wing goaltender isn’t nominated. If there’s a reason other than a blatant agenda from the office of the league’s only midget it would be this one: people are still under the impression that Detroit’s “system” doesn’t require a “great” goaltender.
That’s an Osgoodian argument and it had merit when it applied. But it’s stale now. Because Jim Howard is elite. He’s stealing games and he’s shutting doors Osgood never consistently closed.
Oh, I know. Go ahead Wing haters. Go ahead and point to this as just another bitch, another whine from Wing fans about the injustice of being us. Get this clear, again. We are not stricken and we are not victims. We don’t feel that way now, nor will we ever. All we’re doing here, and always, is pointing out the idiocy of a league that continues to abuse itself.
Who’s playing better than Howard? Your goalie, Blues fans? Really? How about yours, Devils fans? Phoenix? Are you going to say something? Vancouver? You’re not allowed to speak. Just don’t.
Rest him. Rest him for the long haul and we’re good. Just don’t try and tell us there are 18 better goalies in the NHL than Jim Howard. Because there aren’t even three.
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