February 18, 2019 | 8:43pm ET
DETROIT WEIGHING RE-SIGNING OR TRADING HOWARD, NYQUIST
Jimmy Howard, goaltender
The Detroit Red Wings are contemplating what approach to take leading up to next Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard, winger Gustav Nyquist and defenceman Nick Jensen are all set to become unrestricted free agents July 1 and Red Wings GM Ken Holland is debating whether or not to try and sign them to contract extensions or trade them.
Nyquist owns a full no-trade clause and was reportedly asked for a list of teams he’d accept a trade to.
In an interview with mLive.com, Holland explained his thought process as he battled internally with a decision on each player.
“I need to weigh which of them we consider re-signing because they can help us in ’19-20 and then we maybe need to do something to add to that in the summer of ’19 because if you just trade all those players away your team is worse,” Holland said. “So now you got to make moves to get back to where you’re at and even beyond and that’s hard to do in the summer.”
It's believed the Wings already started contract talks with Howard’s agent last month, and negotiations are believed to be ongoing.
The Calgary Flames have been linked to having interest in Howard, who currently sits 15th on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.
“While I’m sensing what the marketplace thinks about our players,” Holland said,” I’m going to negotiate, and if I can sign a deal with our player that I think makes sense for our team and the marketplace doesn’t think enough of our players, then I’m going to go in that direction.”
According to mLive.com, Howard could be moved over this next week and then brought back as a free agent in the summer if the right deal presented itself.