The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan duly noted that Jimmy Howard will probably have a little extra motivation to perform well for the Red Wings over the first third of the season--Howard's NHL performance will likely determine whether he heads to Sochi with the U.S. Olympic team--and the Bangor Daily News's Larry Mahoney spoke with Howard about his Olympic hopes on Friday evening.
Howard's got a stiff task ahead of him in attempting to un-seat Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick while also competing against Corey Schneider and Craig Anderson, but Howard believes that he can accomplish the task:
“It’s a great honor to be on the radar,” said the 29-year-old Howard, who has a home in Dedham on Green Lake but has spent most of his summer working out in Detroit. “There’s a lot of great goalies on the list. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a challenge.”
Howard is coming off a season in which he went 21-13-7 with a 2.13 goals-against average and a .923 save percenta...