Howard, 36, said in June that he hoped to continue playing despite a down year in 2019-20. However, he remains an unrestricted free agent with the season underway and is apparently enjoying spending time with his family, Friedman adds.
The 6-foot-1 puck-stopper spent his entire career with the Red Wings. He ranks third games played (543), third in wins (246), and fourth in both save percentage (.912) and shutouts (24) for the storied franchise.
Howard appeared in two All-Star games and finished in the top eight in Vezina Trophy voting twice (2010, 2013).
Internationally, the Syracuse, New York, native represented the United States at the 2012 and 2017 world championships. Howard was also selected as the nation's third netminder for the 2014 Olympic Games but he didn't make an appearance.