Monday the Red Wings made it official by announcing that they extending the contract of starting goaltender Jimmy Howard. The financials for the contract was what was speculated on a few weeks back which was a 6-year deal for $31.8 million dollars and an annual cap hit of $5.3 million dollars going forward.
Now of course like in just about any contract situation with a player (especially a goaltender) the extension had it’s detractors. But in Jimmy Howard’s case, the hate towards the extension and Jimmy Howard in general is totally baseless. Not to mention the deal given to Howard came at an absolute discount considering Howard’s numbers throughout his still young career.
Through 228 games Howard has a record of 127-66-25 with a 2.39 GAA and .917 save percentage. That all includes Howard’s 17-12-6 record this season with a .920 save percentage and 2.31 GAA which has essentially kept the Red Wings in the playoff hunt despite their inability to score goals.
But what about Howard’s hor...