Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said Friday he won't request a trade this offseason and wants to compete for the starting job next season.
Howard has four years remaining on his contract with an annual cap hit of about $5.29 million.
Howard missed 11 games with a groin injury and ended the season 23–13–11 with a 2.44 goals against average and .910 save percentage over 53 games (50 starts). He appeared in one period of the playoffs, allowing one goal on 12 shots in the 5–1 Game 2 loss.
Mrazek, 23, went 16–9–2 with a 2.38 GAA and .918 SV% over 29 games (26 starts). Over his seven playoff appearances, Mrazek went 3–4 with 14 goals allowed on 186 shots (2.11 GAA, .925 SV%). He posted shutouts in the Red Wings' Game 3 and Game 5 wins.
Mrazek will be a restricted free agent this summer.
- Mike Fiammetta