Detroit Red Wings choose to expose Petr Mrazek

With the NHL expansion draft just days away, the Detroit Red Wings were required to submit their list of players that they wanted to protect from being selected. The list has a few names that were expected to be on it, however, there are a few names on the list that are a surprise.

Each team in the NHL was required to submit their list at 10:00 AM on Sunday morning. Each team had two options: (1) seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or (2) any combination of eight skaters and one goalie.

For the Detroit Red Wings, they decided to go the route of option one by protecting seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie. The Red Wings decided to protect forwards Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg and defensemen Mike Green, Danny DeKeyser and Nick Jensen.

The biggest surprise on the Red Wings protection list was between goalies Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek. General manager Ken Holland decided to protect Jimmy Howard, which was a surprise to everyone.

Howard is eight years the elder of Mrazek and he carries a cap hit of 5.29 million until the 2018-2019 season, whereas Mrazek carries a cap hit of only four million until the end of this upcoming season. Howard is coming off of a career year where he posted 2.10 goals against average and a save percentage of .927.

Mrazek is coming off of the worst season of his career where he posted 3.04 goals against average and a save percentage of .901. There appears that there is more to the story as to why Howard made it on the protected list and Mrazek was left exposed.

According to multiple reports, Mrazek has had issues with his performance as well as his attitude. During this past season, Mrazek was not happy that Howard was not able to be traded in the off-season and did so on unadvisable terms.

Mrazek has always had a high level of confidence and swagger to his game which the Red Wings liked about him. There were a few in the organization that felt that he was a little too cocky for his own good, however. During last season’s Centennial Classic, Jeff Blashill decided to start rookie Jared Coreau against Toronto rather than Mrazek, due to his attitude issues.

If Las Vegas does not choose Mrazek, then Detroit will continue to look for a new home for the goaltender. Once prized for his skill and athleticism, Mrazek has fallen from grace and will most likely be out of Detroit by the start of next season.

Source : http://www.yardbarker.com/nhl/articles/detroit_red_wings_choose_to_expose_petr_mrazek/s1_7899_24196813

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