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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers some questions, this one on who would get a bigger return in a trade, Jimmy Howard or Petr Mrazek,

Howard has played very well dating back through last season (.919 save percentage, 2.48 goals-against average in 63 games), but he’ll be 34 in March, and has another year left on his contract, at $5.3 million. Mrazek has a .968 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average his past three games, but even with those stellar starts, his overall numbers this season are a .904 save percentage and 3.13 goals-against average. He has been in a slump for nearly two years — from Feb. 14, 2016 through Jan. 13 of this year, Mrazek had a .896 save percentage and 3.22 goals-against average in 78 games. Unless he excels the rest of the season, the Wings won't offer him a qualifying offer at $4 million, rendering him an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Mrazek set himself back last season with his attitude and play. Last June when teams could have acquired Mrazek via trade in the expansion draft, even the Dallas Stars passed — and that’s home to the men most responsible for the Wings drafting Mrazek in 2010, Jim Nill and Joe McDonnell (Nill was assistant general manager in Detroit, McDonnell was Nill’s right-hand man and chief amateur scout). The Stars needed a goaltender and they preferred Ben Bishop, who is six years older than Mrazek and who did not have an impressive 2016-17.

Maybe the New York Islanders inquire — they’re in striking range of the playoff picture, and neither Jaroslav Halak nor Thomas Greiss have provided reliably good goaltending. If Mrazek keeps his resurgence up, I'd expect him to keep starting now if he keeps playing so well, he could fetch a decent return. 

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Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News takes a look at Petr Mrazek,

Henrik Zetterberg, the Red Wings’ captain, has seen a subtle difference in goaltender Petr Mrazek.

It’s definitely a different Mrazek from the one earlier this season — and most of last season — who didn’t resemble the confident young goaltender the organization used to know.

But, for over the last week, over three games in which Mrazek has gotten to play, and play well, Mrazek has displayed the confidence he used to have.

“He’s a real good goalie when he plays with confidence,” said Zetterberg, after Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss. “He’s not the biggest guy, so he needs to read the play and when he does that right, he’s good.

“He’s been doing that lately.”

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Wonder if we will see Petr playing again tonight.

Posted by Ilovekermit on 01/25/18 at 11:30 AM ET

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