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Report: Wings, Howard close to new contract

Mar 14, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings are getting close to locking up their starting goalie to a long-term contract, according to an source.

The source says Jimmy Howard, a pending unrestricted free agent, is on the verge of receiving a six- or seven-year deal with an annual salary that would more than double the $2.25 million annual salary he’s making now.

Howard, 28, is 10-7-4 with a .914 save percentage in this shortened season. His .920 save percentage in 2011-12 put him in the upper echelon of the league’s regular starters and earned him his first NHL All-Star nod.

  1. clefty1 - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Howard has played pretty well overall despite the makeshift defense out in front of him.

    • polegojim - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      ‘Pretty well’ is accurate… but he’s had his share of very bad goals… like missing a simple ‘poke check’ on a shoot out game loser.

      I’m very glad he’s close to signed, but nobody is off the hook this year, including him.

  2. buddysguys - Mar 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    i love that the moron Eklund has teh Wings trading for Miller…..yup sure right after they sign their younger slightly cheaper goalie. Then they will trade for Miller…..i hate what a chumpsite.

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