December 12, 2018 | 11:55pm ET
TheFourthPeriod.com

HOWARD AVAILABLE, BUT COSTLY

 
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Jimmy Howard, goalie

 

If a team is looking for help between the pipes and wants to pluck veteran goalie Jimmy Howard out of Detroit, it’s going to come at a high price.

Howard, 34, is in the final year of a six-year, $31.75 million contract and could be moved if the Red Wings receive a strong-enough return.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Red Wings are asking for at least a first-round draft pick as part of a package for Howard, should the team decide to move him.

Howard had no-trade protection in the first five-years of his deal, but does not own a no-trade clause this season, though the Wings would likely work with Howard to give him the most favourable place to play should they deal him.

The St. Louis Blues are among the teams that have already inquired about Howard, while the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers may also have interest.

Howard is earning $4.25 million in actual salary this season, though his cap hit is $5.291 million.