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Will negotiations distract Wings' top goalie?

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08:31 AM ET 02.15 | Jimmy Howard, in the final season of a two-year deal that carries a cap hit of $2.25 million, vows not to let it happen again. The last time [Howard] was involved in a contract negotiation with the Detroit Red Wings, he admittedly was distracted to the point where it affected his performance. That was two years ago. ... "It was a learning experience last time," Howard said. "It was the first time I've ever been through something like that, and it took a toll on me. Now it's the furthest thing I'm thinking about." ... What is Howard's market value? He has a career record of 116-58-21, with 11 shutouts, a 2.44 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in the regular season.

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February 15, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Nooooo problem. They have the Monster waiting to take over the reins whenever he's needed!

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February 15, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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Nooooo problem. They have the Monster waiting to take over the reins whenever he's needed!

Let him walk. You already have a MONSTER of a kid waiting to take the #1 job.

Shut up both of you. :-(

February 15, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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Shut up both of you. :-(

How would Luongo look with the winged wheel?

February 15, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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How would Luongo look with the winged wheel?

I can't see Detroit taking on that contract.

February 15, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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How would Luongo look with the winged wheel?

Shut you youse too.

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February 15, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Nor do I. Tough choices coming up in Motown. If they're going to blow up and suck for a few years, what do they do with Dats and Zets?

Detroit is just fine.

They didn't lose Lidstrom in his prime.

They lost a guy who was well past his bet before date.

On any day they can beat anybody.

February 15, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Let him walk. You already have a MONSTER of a kid waiting to take the #1 job.

Has he even played yet?

February 15, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Jimmy did not play well in Wednesday night's game. If he's looking for a big payday he better step his game up.

If Jimmy does go elsewhere, it could very well be the youngster Petr Mrazek, not The Monster or Luongoal, between the pipes in the Motor City.

February 15, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Has he even played yet?

Cleanup duty for Howard opening night in St. Louis. Got hurt in that game and has been on the shelf since.

February 15, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Jimmy did not play well in Wednesday night's game. If he's looking for a big payday he better step his game up.If Jimmy does go elsewhere, it could very well be the youngster Petr Mrazek, not The Monster or Luongoal, between the pipes in the Motor City.

The whole team played off song after they went up 2-0.

Jimmy isn't the second coming of Terry Sawchuk but if everybody is playing he's good enough.

February 15, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Jimmy did not play well in Wednesday night's game. If he's looking for a big payday he better step his game up.

If Jimmy does go elsewhere, it could very well be the youngster Petr Mrazek, not The Monster or Luongoal, between the pipes in the Motor City.

He should be brought up for this alone.

February 15, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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He should be brought up for this alone.

Give him another game, he looked ready the first game he won.

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February 15, 2013  10:20 AM ET
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I can't see Detroit taking on that contract.

oh me neither, just a little Friday morning tweak for the Motor City fans

February 15, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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oh me neither, just a little Friday morning tweak for the Motor City fans

Hey, ****!...but in the nicest way possible.

February 15, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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They can beat anybody, you are right.

But they can't win 4 playoff series. Or 3. 2 would take some luck. And in Detroit, Cup hockey is the ONLY goal. If the current build of this team isn't championship-calibre (and I think everyone can agree they aren't), Illitch will make sure management does what has to be done to get it back there.

LOL - And as a Leaf fan what do you know about management?

 
February 15, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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Hey, ****!...but in the nicest way possible.

Screwdriver you? Does that work? At any rate, what I'm saying is tweaks are welcome, but Luongo is just mean.

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