The Red Wings discussed their desire to “force management’s hand” after last night’s win over the Ducks. One of the most outspoken players is one of the most likely to be dealt. MLive’s Ansar Khan took note of Jimmy Howard’s post-game remarks:
“As long as we keep working hard, doing things the right way and getting results, maybe we can force management’s hand because, honestly, we do have a great group of guys in here and we all really enjoy going out there and competing for ourselves,” Jimmy Howard said. “So, we kind of want to flip the switch here.”
Howard was the star of the game, making 32 saves. He’s also a potential trade piece. The team would like to move one of its goaltenders, Howard or Petr Mrazek. It won’t be easy, since few, if any, playoff-contending clubs are in the market for a goalie.
Howard, the Red Wings’ top pick in 2003, truly doesn’t want to leave.
“You’ve got to block it out as best possible,” Howard said. “You have to be professional, and when you go out there and play you’ve got to play the right way. You can’t let it distract you. You just got to keep pushing forward. At the end of the day, whatever happens, happens.”