Report: Red Wings Expected to Re-sign Jimmy Howard

According to the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James, the Red Wings will be re-signing goaltender Jimmy Howard to a one-year-deal.

NEW YORK — The Detroit Red Wings are expected to announce an extension for goaltender Jimmy Howard this week.

The one-year deal is expected to be in the $4 million range. Howard turns 35 on March 26, and a one-year deal offers little risk for the Wings. If he plays well, he’ll get another one-year extension.

I don’t think this news surprises anyone after Ken Holland decided not to move Howard at the trade deadline a month ago. The reported cap hit in the $4M range would be less than his current $5.29M.

Howard made 41 saves in the Wings 3-2 win over the Rangers. He currently has a 19-20-5 record this season.