Why Jimmy Howard, Petr Mrazek and goalie should be Red Wings biggest issue
There were a lot of factors why the Red Wings were ousted by Boston, not the least being the Bruins are simply a better, more experienced and deeper team.
This is the bottom line on Howard, even before the flu he wasn't nearly good enough in this series. And Gustavsson is not the long-term answer.
There will be some angst about whether Gustavsson will re-sign as a free agent, but the bigger issue is how willing the Red Wings are to let Petr Mrazek push Howard next season. He had a 55-save performance the other night in a playoff game for Grand Rapids, and did lead Griffins to the Calder Cup last season.
It wasn't like Mrazek was overmatched with the Red Wings. In brief stints the last couple seasons, covering 11 games, his save percentage is .926 and he's pitched a couple shutouts.
So he's only 22? So what?
The Red Wings open up the goalie spot in training camp next season. They forget the ridiculous notion of getting Mrazek "overly ripe." They should have learned their lesson on the Gustav Nyquist fiasco early this season.
And let the goalie play.
My column: Detroit Tigers are living on borrowed time with their shaky bullpen: http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20140428/detroit-tigers-living-on-borrowed-time-with-shaky-bullpen-pat-caputo-writes
My column: The Detroit Lions will improve dramatically if this is their 2014 NFL Draft