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Report: Red Wings and Jimmy Howard Sign Extension

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6 more years of this face
6 more years of this face
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[Updated 1:50pm on 04/16 - The team has officially announced Howard's extension. We'll have official platitudes later.]

Here we go:

If the report is true (and let's not forget this is the same guy that said Iginla to Boston was a done deal) then the Wings will have locked up their MVP (yea I said it) for the foreseeable future.


Jimmy Howard

#35 / Goalie / Detroit Red Wings

6-0

210

Mar 26, 1984



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2012 - Jimmy Howard 33 1893 16 12 76 2.41 921 845 .917 2

I don't get the outrage from some fans on the Twitterz. It's a good cap hit (only $300K over what most people expected him to get) and only year longer than what most fans thought he'd get, so I don't understand how this is a bad deal. Goalies are expensive, whether you want to believe that or not, and ensuring Howard (he of the career .917 SV%) is a Wing for the next half-decade means the Wings can focus on spending money to improve the team in other areas.

Behind a non-Nicklas Lidstrom defense, he's posted a .917 SV% and that was after a slow start. He's proven that his past performance (his second season notwithstanding) was not a fluke and that he's a legitimate starter who is among the league's best.

And as I was typing this up, here's an update from Pleiness:

[Update: Capgeek seems to think it's a done deal]