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Jimmy Howard Set to Retire, Says Thanks But No Thanks to Oilers

Jimmy Howard got a call from the Edmonton Oilers but has declined coming back to the NHL. He’s set to announce his retirement.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard got a call from the Edmonton Oilers this week as the team was trying to solve their goaltending issues. Howard essentially said thanks, but no thanks and the wheels are in motion for Howard to announce his retirement from the NHL in the next couple of days.

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As Oilers general manager Ken Holland tries to navigate the mess that has become his team’s netminding situation, he called an old friend in Howard and asked about his desire to return to the NHL. Elliotte Friedman said that Howard appreciated the call but is enjoying his time off, is happy spending time with his family and coaching his kids. He is going to announce his retirement from the NHL some time next week.

Friedman notes that leaves the Oilers trying to find someone in quarantine from a league where the player has already been in quarantine and can join the Oilers roster to act as their third string netminder while Troy Grosenick makes his way over from the Los Angeles Kings and Oliver Rodrigue flies back from international play to enter quarantine.

Jimmy Howard Red Wings
Jimmy Howard Red Wings

Howard Had a Great NHL Career

As for Howard, he’ll retire from the NHL after more than 14 seasons of professional play and 543 regular season NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings. He had a career 2.62 goals against average and .912 save percentage.

He was unable to land a job in the NHL over the offseason after reports he was looking to keep playing. Apparently, all the time off and lack of interest from teams sent his life in a different direction and one he’s now happy with.

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