Iowa Wild General Manager Jim Mill announced on Wednesday that the American Hockey League club signed goaltender Joe Howe to a Professional Tryout Agreement and released goaltender Cody Reichard from a PTO.
Expect the former Tiger netminder to get the start for Iowa against the Chicago Wolves at 6:05 MT Wednesday night in the Wild’s regular season home finale. Iowa did not qualify for the playoffs. The season ends Friday at Oklahoma City where Howe could face former Tigers goalie Richard Bachman.
Howe, 23, spent the bulk of his rookie season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. In 18 games, Howe went 10-3-4 with a 2.78 GAA and a .907 save percentage. The Plymouth, Minn. native also played in seven games for the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League (CHL). He was 3-2-1 with the Mavericks, posting a 2.52 GAA and a .915 saves percentage. In 119 CC appearances, Howe was 65-48-8 with a 2.91 goals and .900 saves percentage.