The Detroit Red Wings made a huge mistake by giving Jimmy Howard a six-year contract this offseason.
Sure, Howard is only in year one of his monstrous contract, but it’s clear to see that Detroit definitely should have waited before tagging Howard as the franchise’s goaltender of the future. Howard has battled multiple injuries in 2014 and now he could be on the shelf for a large period of time.
Detroit’s overpaid goalie was yanked in favor of Peter Mrazek on Monday as the St. Louis Blues really took it to Howard with three goals in just a little over a period and a half. However, the most troubling part was that Howard appeared to suffer a lower body injury that the goaltender just couldn’t shake. While Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock could have been just been pulling Howard out of caution, the Red Wings could very likely be without their starting goaltender for quite some time.
Now, in a perfect world Howard would just rest for the entire month of February as the 2014 Winter Olympics take place. Unfortunately for Detroit, that will not be happening as the American-born Howard isn’t turning the United States sweater down unless he absolutely has to. Therefore, we can all expect Howard’s down spiral to get worse and worse over the next few months.