It is not hard to see why Jimmy Howard will remain a Detroit Red Wings goaltender through the end of the year; the statistics are just downright atrocious, it would take a miracle for Yzerman to move Howard.
In the grand scheme of things, the Detroit Red Wings will most likely have more success in their attempts to move Jonathan Bernier, who has one year remaining on his contract. Howard regressed immensely in 2019-20, playing the worst hockey of his fourteen-year NHL career.
At the age of thirty-five, Howard is not going anywhere at the trade deadline with the MAJOR regression that he has experienced this season.
This season, Howard’s cap hit is $4 million on the season, but his statistics are not worth the money. In twenty-six starts, Howard is 2-26-2 with a .886 save percentage and a 4.08 goals-against average on the 2019-20 season. Howard was injured earlier this season, which allowed Bernier the chance to emerge as a backup, eventually taking the starting job from him as of more recent contests.
If Yzerman has any luck at all, he could move Howard for a bag of pucks to a team, but the market for goaltenders is all about Alexandar Georgiev of the New York Rangers, and teams are going to call on him first.
Any team that phones the Detroit Red Wings looking for a goalie should be looking at Bernier first before even thinking about touching Howard, so he will continue to don the Winged wheel for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.