Pickard signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on Monday. Detroit does not have any goalies -- including non-roster types -- under contract beyond the 2021-22 campaign, which means Pickard has a shot at countering his journeyman ways and finding a sense of continuity with one team. But then again, the Wings count as the sixth NHL club he's been associated with since his career began with the Avalanche five years ago, so there are no guarantees. Pickard owns a career 2.93 GAA and .908 save percentage through 104 career contests.
Pickard is expected to sign a deal with Detroit when free agency opens up, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports. Since the start of the 2016-17 campaign, Pickard has suited up for four different NHL teams, most recently the Coyotes last season. He owns a .908 save percentage and 2.93 GAA across 104 NHL appearances. Should he sign with Detroit, he'll compete with Jonathan Bernier and Jimmy Howard for playing time.
Pickard allowed four goals on 32 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Jets on Saturday. The 2018-19 season was one to forget for Pickard. He started the season with the Flyers, but after a poor start, the Coyotes claimed him off waivers. However, Arizona didn't have a need for him immediately despite a lower-body injury to Antti Raanta, so Pickard played in the minors. He finally debuted in Arizona during January, but in six appearances with the Coyotes, he went 0-4-0 with an .892 save percentage. Overall, Pickard posted a 4-6-2 record, 3.86 GAA and an .875 save percentage in 17 NHL games this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Pickard will tend twine at home for Saturday's season finale versus Winnipeg, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports. With the 'Yotes trying to chase down a wild-card spot, the club relied heavily on Darcy Kuemper, which limited Pickard to just two relief appearances in the last 22 games. The organization will reward the 26-year-old for his patience by giving him the final start of the year. Heading into the offseason, Pickard will be an unrestricted free agent and may not have a spot in the desert once Antti Raanta (lower body) is fully fit. Pickard will have to hope his 4-5-2 record and 3.84 GAA in 16 appearances for Arizona and Philadelphia is enough to earn him a roster spot somewhere next season.
Pickard stopped 15 of 18 shots in a relief appearance during a 7-1 loss to Chicago on Monday. Pickard has now given up three or more goals in three of four appearances with Arizona and has yet to put his name in the winning column. With Darcy Kuemper playing well most nights, there is no reason Pickard should be in your lineup.
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