Jimmy Howard, who spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, said he “probably isn’t” going to continue playing for Detroit, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Saying goodbye to Motor City doesn’t mean giving up hockey altogether, as Howard has also crushed rumors of his potential retirement.
“Someone’s going to have to tell me I can’t play anymore,” Howard said, according to Friedman.
The 36-year-old indicated that the end of last season – with a 2-27 record, his worst as a starter, a 4.20 goals-against average and a 0.882 save percentage – n ‘ was not the way he wanted to end his career.
To that end, Howard added that he has been training for two months to prepare for a return to play and has discussed with his family the possibility of moving away for a year if playing somewhere closer to home. is not an option.
Howard, drafted by the Red Wings in the second round, 64th overall, in the 2003 NHL Draft has been a mainstay of the team since his rookie season – when he finished as a Calder Memorial Trophy finalist as a player. of the league. rookie of the year.
Throughout his tenure with the Red Wings, he is 246-196, .912 save percentage and 2.62 goals against average.
The double star signed a $ 4 million one-year contract extension in 2019 that kept him at Detroit until the end of the 2019-20 season and will enter this offseason as a free agent. without restriction.