It’s official: Detroit signs ‘workhorse’ Howard to six-year deal
It'll be interesting to see if the $5.3M that was rumoured is what it actually is or if it's a little less.
It took a while, but the ink is finally dry.
On Tuesday, the Detroit Red Wings announced theyre-signed G Jimmy Howard to a six-year deal, one that will keep Howard in the Windy City until 2019.
Financial details have yet to be reported.
“Jimmy is one of our most valuable players who is entering the prime of his career,” Detroit GM Ken Holland said. “He gives a chance to win every night.
“He’s worked hard and become better every year. He’s a workhorse who can play the majority of the 82 games.”
Howard, 29, was rumored to be “very close” to agreeing to an extension with the Wings last week. TSN’s Aaron Ward reported the deal would be around $5.3 million annually.
Howard took over Detroit’s starting goalie gig in 2009-10, and hasn’t looked back.
The former University of Maine standout posted stellar numbers last season, achieving career highs in shutouts (six) and goals-against average (2.12) while posting 30-plus wins (35) for the third time in his career.
After a slow start this year, Howard has heated up. His numbers now sit at an impressive 17-12-6 with a .920 save percentage and 2.31 GAA. He also has three shutouts, two off the NHL lead.
With this new deal, Howard joins Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall as Wings secured through 2019.
It’s also worth noting that even with the salary cap going down to $64.3 million next season, the Red Wings would still have a healthy amount of flexibility going into the summer, according to CapGeek.
EDIT: appears it is a $5.3M cap hit:
Jimmy Howard gets $31.8M deal
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings and goalie Jimmy Howard agreed to a $31.8 million, six-year contract Tuesday, keeping him off the market as a free agent this summer.
The 29-year-old Howard is in his fourth season as the Red Wings' top goalie.
"We're extremely pleased to have Jimmy under contract for the next six seasons," general manager Ken Holland said. "He's entering the prime of his career and over the last four years has gained a tremendous amount of regular season and postseason experience."
Howard is 17-12-6 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage this season. Detroit is in a wild race for the final playoff spots in the Western Conference, hoping to extend their postseason streak to 22 years.
Howard was drafted by Detroit in the second round in 2003. In 2009-10, he went 37-15-10 with a 2.26 GAA, becoming the fourth goalie in team history to win at least 30 games as a rookie.
He went on to become the first Detroit goalie to win at least 35 games in each of his first three full seasons.
"He's developed into a top-tier NHL goaltender and is a very important part of our team moving forward," Holland said. "Jimmy is one of our leaders and we look forward to watching him elevate his game to the next level in a Red Wings' sweater."
After Monday's games, Detroit was tied for eighth in the West with Columbus, although the Red Wings have played one fewer game. Dallas was two points behind the Red Wings and Blue Jackets, with Phoenix another two back.
Howard's 2.38 GAA over the last four seasons ranks him 11th in the league in that span. What he has yet to do is lead the Red Wings on an extended postseason run. He's 13-15 with a 2.63 GAA in the playoffs, and Detroit hasn't made it past the second round since 2009.
Edited by elvis15, 16 April 2013 - 12:48 PM.