After avoiding arbitration with Danny DeKeyser by getting him under contract yesterday, the Detroit Red Wings appear to have now done the same with Petr Mrazek.
Mrazek has reportedly signed a deal with the Red Wings for 2 years, seeing him earn $8 million in that span ($3.85 in year one, $4.15 in year two).
This means that Mrazek will still be a RFA once his contract expires, (only then being 26), which is a safe move on Detroit’s part to pave the way for a long-term deal down the line. But with rough $8 million to $9 million of cap space tied up in just goaltending now, the question arises: what happens with Jimmy Howard?
He was unquestionably ousted as the Red Wings’ starter for roughly 2/3 of the season last year, and filled in the role decently when Mrazek faltered later in the season. One has to think that a move will be made in some capacity to free up some cap space overall and reduce the amount that they’re now spending between the pipes.
Last year Mrazek started 54 games for Detroit, putting up a 27-16-6 record, to go alongside a .921 save percentage and 2.33 goals-against average. He finished the season with 4 shutouts, good for 8th among league goaltenders.