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Jimmy Howard too busy playing every game to talk about a contract extension

Feb 2, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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It’s been a hard-knock life for Detroit’s Jimmy Howard this season. He’s started all seven games for the Red Wings and has played every minute except for the final 20 of their first game against St. Louis, a 6-0 beat down.

The side effect of all that play? He hasn’t been able to talk about a contract extension with GM Ken Holland as Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

“To be honest, there’s no time even to think about it these days,” he said. “Last time around, there was a lot more downtime. Now it’s just, you’re constantly going and constantly playing.”

Howard is in the final year of a two-year, $4.5 million contract and with how he’s played and how much he’s taken on this year, he’s proving his worth. With Jonas Gustavsson dealing with a wonky groin and rookie Thomas McCollum getting the uneasy call-up, it’s been all up to Howard to make sure the Wings hang tough.

  1. polegojim - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    He’ll get signed… but Jimmy plays more consistently looking over his shoulder.

    Hope Joey McDonald can get healthy and return to the Wings bench – those two make a very good goalie lineup.

  2. tigers182 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    What’s a “wonky groin”?

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      It’s a porn term.

      I heard it on the internet; it must be true.

  3. bostonboy82 - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Oh I’m certain Jimmy will find the time to talk money….

  4. letsgopens8771 - Feb 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    They don’t have a solid backup for him. They obviously are not learning from the Pens. Flower got overworked last season as well because Brent Johnson sucked at the end of the season and Fleury got shelled as a result. Now, with Vokoun backing him up, there is a perfect balance in the cage and The Pens are doing just fine.

    The Wings don’t have that balance. Maybe when the Monster gets back, they will be more balanced, but this is part of the reason why the Wings are struggling with defense at times. Howard is getting overworked.

    • eastcoastwingette - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      I’m going to ignore the “obviously not learning from the Pens” line because, well, it’s stupid, no one likes you guys to begin with but it seems like you want to have an actual hockey conversation. Ground rules: If you bring up the Stanley Cup win, or even decide to mention the name Crosby, I will attack. We good? I am from Boston and I am not as nice as most Wings fans. I can and will send you home crying.
      That being clarified, Howard does best when he’s played a lot. The guy’s a workhorse. Our issue is the fact we have no backup. Gus is injured. Our back-up to the back-up goalie (Joey MacDonald) is also injured. We have Thomas McCollum backing up Howard. The back-up to the back-up. That’s why Howie’s getting all the starts. When Gustavesson gets healthy I think he’ll push Howard, but that’s not the reason the Wings D is struggling. Our D is struggling because they’re our D. Detroit’s organization doesn’t invest in goalies because they expect the defense to be the strong point. Anyone feel free to throw in a Mzark reference here, but if that kid’s the next best thing why isn’t he on the pro team yet?

  5. thehighcountrybear - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    whoaaaa, for a minute there i thought i saw a pens supporter lecturing us on deficiencies in the wings d…poppycock!

    • eastcoastwingette - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Made me laugh, but a Pens fan wanting to talk hockey is a rare gem. Respect him and listen to his points.

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