In Red Wings Land
The Red Wings are happy with Howard, and Howard is happy in Detroit. That is why the sides are sure to agree on a contract extension this season.
Howard is in the final year of his contract (a six-year deal with a cap hit of $5.29 million) and turns 35 in March, which has led to speculation he might be moved at the trade deadline for a draft pick. With Jonathan Quick out indefinitely following knee surgery last week, some wondered if a trade might come sooner and the Los Angeles Kings would be interested.
It doesn’t matter. The Red Wings are committed to keeping Howard. He likely will receive a multiyear contract, and the tandem of Howard and Jonathan Bernier will be manning the nets in Detroit for a couple more seasons.
I’m not overly joyed by this news, but I’m also not overly upset about it either. It just kind of is what it is, I guess. My only real question is what’s the cost for Jimmy Howard? Since this is likely going to happen, I’d be fine with two years at $6M total. Basically just match Jonathan Bernier’s remaining years and then hit the reset button with their contracts are both up.
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This feels like a broken record, but hockey players should really stop the whole hitting other hockey players in the head thing.