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July 24, 2017 | 10:00am ET
Mrazek odd man out in Detroit?

The Detroit Red Wings seem to be moving forward with Jimmy Howard locked into the starter's role for the 2017-18 season.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Red Wings goalie coach Jeff Salajko revealed that Howard will handle the majority of the load between the pipes for the Wings this coming season.

The Wings have young netminder Jared Coreau in the system, playing in the AHL, but his role seems to remain in the minors, at least for the time being.

"We're very comfortable with Jared as a third," Salajko told the Free Press earlier this month. "I have no problem with him being the backup goalie, either. If we can keep Jimmy Howard healthy to play 50-55 games, I was comfortable with Jared in a role like that. But we obviously have Petr back -- Vegas didn't have interest in him, so I'm hoping he comes in with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove."

The Red Wings tried to trade Mrazek last month, but were not able to find any takers, as a deal with the Golden Knights wasn't in the cards.

It's possible Wings GM Ken Holland tries to trade Mrazek this summer, but for now, it seems as if the team is moving ahead with him in the backup role.


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