According to Aaron Ward of TSN, the Detroit Red Wings are on the verge of signing goaltender Jimmy Howard to a six-year extension. The deal is said to be worth $31.8 million with an annual salary of $5.3 million. No further details on what the cap hit will be each year, but as the details emerge we’ll keep you updated.
Originally drafted by the Red Wings 64th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Howard has been the primary starter for the Wings over the past four seasons, including this one.
His best year came last year when he went 35-17-4 with a 2.12 GAA and a .920 save percentage with six shutouts. He’s been the pillar of consistency for Detroit since being named the starter in 2009, averaging 36 wins over three seasons with his goals against never passing 2.79 and his save percentage averaging around .920%.
With plenty of years of service ahead of him and with consistent numbers to back him up, it’s not surprising to see the Red Wings lock up Howard for the long-term and avoid running the risk of losing him for nothing this summer.
With a new deal set to be in place, the Red Wings and Howard can now focus on trying to secure a playoff spot for the 22nd straight season.