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Welcome to a new era of Detroit Red Wings hockey -- where solid goaltending (fingers crossed), team orientated defense, and an unspectacular but grinding forward corps will carry your hockey hopes into the immediate future and beyond.
After Thursday's home shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock was blunt:
Some guys score and some guys dont, and we got a lot that dont.
And guess what? There isnt a Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan or even an aging Luc Robitaille on the horizon.
During their glory days, the Red Wings sunk their money into their defensive corps, highly-skilled forwards and usually long-in-the-tooth unrestricted free agents. Whatever cash the organization had left over was used to address the goaltending position.
It was a sound blueprint that kept the Wings at or near the top of the NHL standings for decades.
However, the NHL is a different league today, and you need to look no further than the six-year, 31.8 million contract extension goalie Jimmy Howard and the Wings have hammered out.
Howards salary-cap hit works out to roughly 5.3 million a year, which puts his cap hit in the top third among NHL goalies.
This season, Howard has been Detroits best player, keeping his offensively challenged team in most games. Hes played in 34 games and posted a 16-12-5 record with two shutouts, a 2.39 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
For his career, the seven-year veteran -- four years as the Wings No. 1 goalie -- has played in 226 games and has a 126-66-24 record, 13 shutouts, a 2.41 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
Signing Howard to such a long-term extension says a lot about where this team is headed. The Wings are about to go through a metamorphosis, a transmutation that they've fought for the last several years.
They lack proven, consistent goal scoring at the NHL level. And most of their forward prospects, with just a few exceptions, are rated as second- to third-line talent.
So Detroits fate rests with Jimmy Howard in net and a team that plays a scrappy brand of hockey.
If it works, the Wings will be competitive.
If it doesnt, the glory days of seemingly automatic playoff bids will disappear.
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The Red Wings and goaltender Jimmy Howard are near an agreement that would keep him off the free-agent market this summer.
''It's really, really close,'' Howard said Thursday.
Added Detroit general manager Ken Holland: ''We're close, but it's not a done deal.''
Howard is in the second season of a two-year, $4.5 million deal. Detroit...
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DETROIT -- These are challenging days indeed for the Detroit Red Wings.
This is a team so accustomed to making the playoffs that rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser literally has no memory of them not doing so.
The last time they missed postseason play was in the 1989-90 season. DeKeyser, a Detroit native, was born March 7, 1990.
After Thursday night's 3-2 shootout loss to the...
Another slow start to this one, but that didn’t really matter because Chicago didn’t score until later in the second when Detroit had taken back control of the game. This 3-2 shootout loss means Detroit got 3/8 points against Chicago this season and won zero games.
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Western Conference results from last night
Chicago 3, Detroit 2 (so)
Columbus 4, St. Louis 1
Dallas 5, Nashville 2
Calgary 3, Phoenix 2 (ot)
Current Western Conference standings (through 4/9/12)
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