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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.
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MLive's Brendan Savage duly notes that...
Almost a week after the news broke, the Detroit Red Wings officially announced that they've signed Jimmy Howard to a 6-year contract extension:
It's Official: Red Wings sign goaltender Jimmy Howard to six-year deal.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 16, 2013
#RedWings just made it official: GK Jimmy Howard signed to a new 6-year contract...
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with goalie Jimmy Howard on a 31.8 million, six-year contract. The deal keeps Howard off the market as a free agent this summer. General manager Ken Holland says Howard is entering the prime of his career and has developed into a top-tier NHL goalie. The 29-year-old Howard in his fourth season as the Red Wings'...
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...
The Detroit Red Wings fell out of the playoff picture on Wednesday night, thanks to a loss to the Calgary Flames. Both goals the Wings allowed in a decisive third period were of the embarrassing variety, too.
The Flames took a 2-1 lead early in the third when Jonathan Ericsson and Jimmy Howard misplayed a puck behind the net, allowing Calgary’s Steve Begin to poke one home off...
The Detroit Red Wings flew out to Calgary after a brief practice and the announcement of Jimmy Howard's contract extension on Tuesday, and tonight they'll tangle with a team they simply must defeat in the Calgary Flames (FSD Plus/TSN/97.1 FM).
I'm sure the Wings did some scoreboard-watching on Tuesday evening, and while the 20-15-and-7 Wings remain in 8th place in the...
While some players may not like to admit it, Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard isn't shy about checking the standings and out-of-town scoreboard as the Red Wings fight to extend their 21-season playoff streak.
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Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome; Calgary, Alberta
Time: 9:30 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FS-D+; Calgary- TSN
At this point of the season, each game is more critical than the last and so is each victory. That is why the Detroit Red Wings' (20-15-7, 47 points, 8th place...
Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories:
The Wings didn't practice after completing a slate of 3 games in 4 nights with a win against Nashville, and it has yet to officially sign Jimmy Howard (the deal's "done in principle") or officially assign Brian Lashoff to Grand Rapids (though his name no longer appears on the team's active roster...
The Detroit Red Wings got 22 saves from Jimmy Howard as he blanked the Nashville Predators 3-0. Justin Abdelkader, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen each scored their ninth goal of the season in the win. Pekka Rinne made 29 saves in the losing effort.
SPIN: Detroit leapt over Dallas and Columbus into the eighth spot with 47 points following this win. Howard has played well this...
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Steve Begin scored two goals in the third period, and the Calgary Flames held on to hand the playoff-hopeful Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 loss on Wednesday night. Begin took advantage of a pair of blunders by goalie Jimmy Howard to score his third and fourth goals of the season. Lee Stempniak also scored for the Flames (17-22-4), who won all three games...
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Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators
Venue: Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, TN
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FS-D; National- NBC Sports Network
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