Jimmy Howard The 36-year-old goalie told SportsNet on Sunday that he has no plans to retire from the NHL, but will “probably not continue” his career with the Detroit Red Wings.
“Someone has to tell me I can no longer play,” Howard said.
Howard went 2-23-2 against the NHL career-worst 4.20 goals-average and had a save percentage of .882 in 27 starts this season. The two goals in at least 25 games in NHL history are tied for the second-shortest time in a season (1974-75 with Washington Capitals Mitchell Belhumer 0-24-3).
Howard, who could become an unrestricted free agent on October 9, said he had been training for two months and had discussed with his family members the possibility of moving if playing somewhere close to home was not an option.
“I want to keep playing,” Howard told Detroit News on June 5. “This year has left such a bitter taste in my hand. I want to go out there and show people who can still play in this league. I know m ability.
“Honestly, there’s a lot more in the air, but at the same time, I’m been around this game for a long time, and I’ll come to realize that it’s time for you to sever ties. If so, so be it. “
Howard did not win a game after Oct. 29 before going on season break on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, going 0-18-2 in his final 20 starts. This is the second longest series without success since the shootout was implemented in 2005-06; Corey Schneider The New Jersey Devils did not win 22 consecutive starts (0-17-4) from December 29, 2017 to February 14, 2019.
The Red Wings have the worst record (17-49-5) and percentage points (.275) in the NHL, losing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fourth consecutive season after qualifying for the previous 25.
“I personally do not believe I can represent them [statistics], But I’m a big part of this program, “Howard said.
Selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft (No. 64), Howard has 2.62 GAA, .99 save percentage and 243-196-70 in 543 regular-season games (523 openings) with 24 shutouts, and 21 -26 2.58 GAA, .918 save percentage and three shutouts in 48 playoff games (47 starts). He was third in Red Wings history in wins and fourth in save percentage.
“I don’t think this extra time is necessarily a bad thing for me,” Howard said. “I can go next year confident that I can recharge, focus and play. If I can continue to play for another year or two, I will be very satisfied to walk away.”