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The Outlook For Jimmy Howard

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: The Red Wings tried to trade Howard in the off-season, but a limited market, his hefty contract and inconsistent play the past couple of seasons prevented a deal. Now Howard will start the season as Petr Mrazek's backup and the club is forced to commit $9.3 million in cap space to goaltending.

But Howard also gives the Red Wings a proven, experienced backup as an insurance policy in case Mrazek is injured or falters, like he did after the All-Star break.

Howard started strong in 2015-16, struggled midway through and played better near the end. Consistency has been an issue since midway through 2014-15, when he suffered a slight groin tear, and at times previously in his career.

If Howard can regain his All-Star form, the club would have quite a goaltending tandem.

Howard surely will be exposed in next June's expansion draft. If he's not selected, the Red Wings will try again to trade him. A buyout next summer is another possibility.

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ilovehomers's avatar

Please make Howie expendable, Razr.

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/02/16 at 08:44 AM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

I hope Howard will have an awesome good season… LGRW cool smile

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 09/02/16 at 07:08 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I hope Howard will have an awesome good season… LGRW cool smile

That would be great. The Red Wings need it. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 09/02/16 at 09:49 PM ET

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Best case scenario is for Mrazek to shine and Howard to do well in all his appearances. Then, Howard can be traded at or near the deadline for future assets.

Posted by evileye on 09/07/16 at 10:36 AM ET

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