Morning news: regarding Khan’s mailbag, Howard’s home run derby and Flyers saying farewell to Mrazek

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive’s Ansar Khan filed a mailbag feature this morning, and Khan suggests that the Red Wings will probably import a top-four defenseman after spending their first three draft picks on forwards at this past weekend’s draft:

Khan continues

2. In the charitable news vein, WHMI 93.5 FM reports that the Jimmy Howard Foundation’s home run derby in Brighton this past weekend went well:

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard held his first Howie’s Home Run Derby at the Legacy Center Friday. The event benefits the Jimmy Howard Foundation, which supports research of treatment and cures for disease including, but not limited to, cancer and arthritis.

Those participating in the derby tried to hit as many home runs as possible, as the winner of each of the four age groups received two game tickets and a meet and greet with Howard. The winner of the 8-11 year old age group was 10-year-old Neko Hall of Howell with four home runs. Speaking to his winnings he says, “I’m very excited that my hard work paid off. I can now go see professional hockey players at the new arena.”

Red Wings players Luke Glendening, Dylan Larkin, Danny Dekeyser, Luke Witkowski and Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks supported Howard by joining him at the derby. The players warmed up by hitting some baseballs themselves, then tried their hand at catching while participants took their swings.

The idea to hold a home run derby benefit was dreamed up over a year ago, as Howard says he and his wife wanted to give back to the city that’s given so much to them. His foundation will work with children’s hospitals throughout the Detroit area and the Arthritis Foundation. Howard says the Arthritis Foundation has a special place in his heart, as his 20-year-old cousin with arthritis took his own life due to the pain he experienced. Howard feels no child or parent should have to suffer through those conditions and wants to help in any way he and his family can.

3.’s Dana Wakiji also happens to have reviewed Howard’s 2017-18 season “numbers” this morning:

60 — Howard made 60 appearances in the 2017-18 season, the most since appearing in 63 games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11, his first two seasons in the league.

200 — When the Wings played their first regular season game at Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 5, a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild, it marked Howard’s 200th career victory. He made 37 saves and earned second start of the game honors.

450 — On March 4 at Minnesota, Howard played in his 450th career NHL game, a 4-1 loss. He had 23 saves.


4. And in alumni news, TSN reports that the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing Petr Mrazek to test the unrestricted free agent marketplace, via a Tweet from TSN’s Ken Campbell:

Here’s TSN’s take on the news:

Mrazek split last season between the Flyers and Detroit Red Wings after a trade deadline day deal sent him to Philadelphia for conditional third and fourth round draft picks.

Mrazek struggled with the Flyers, posting a .891 save percentage and 3.22 goals against average in 15 starts. Mrazek’s numbers for the full season were better, finishing with a .902 save percentage and 3.03 goals against average.

The 26-year-old has played in parts of six seasons in the NHL, compiling a .911 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average.

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8 thoughts on “Morning news: regarding Khan’s mailbag, Howard’s home run derby and Flyers saying farewell to Mrazek”

  1. I would take Mrazek back at about $1.5 million. He should have learned something and gotten rid of his chip on his shoulder. I would not pay him much more than the $1.5 million for one year.

  2. DocF, are you HSJ in disguise?

    “He should have learned something and gotten rid of his chip on his shoulder.”

    1. I would not be surprised if his went to the KHL. If he ever wants to be an NHL starter, he will have regain the trust of the teams and the best way to do that would be to go back to Detroit and earn it as a respectable backup.

      1. I would think he’d prefer to hit the reset button on his career somewhere else. I know I would.

        1. Does he have a realistic alternative in the NHL to KHL?
          I doubt any NHL team would trust a backup to him!
          He and AA have the same unwarranted arrogance levels—get rid of both!

          1. I’m not sure if you’re be sarcastic or serious, but I don’t think he’ll have any trouble landing a backup role in the NHL.

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