Jimmy Howard says no thanks to Ken Holland’s invitation to play for Oilers

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Former Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has reportedly made the decision to call it a career after 543 career NHL games, all spent with Detroit.

And according to a report, he turned down an invitation to extend his career from an old friend.

Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland, who spent decades in Detroit and also drafted Howard out of Maine in 2003, reportedly contacted Howard after Oilers starter Mike Smith was placed on long term injured reserve.

However, Howard politely declined, stating that he’s happy at the start of his retirement.

Howard’s 246 career victories are third-most in team history, behind Chris Osgood and Terry Sawchuk, respectively.