According to Ansar Khan of Mlive.com, the Detroit Red Wings and starting goaltender Jimmy Howard are progressing on a long-term deal that would look to double his current salary.
Currently, Howard is the the final year of his contract that pays him an annual salary of $2.25 million. From here the new deal is expected to in the six or seven year range worth $5 million dollars per.
Khan also goes on to say that for the Wings, getting their workhorse goaltender signed is a top priority.
Getting their workhorse goaltender signed was the Red Wings’ top priority. Playing behind a defense that lost Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart in the offseason and has been riddled by injuries, Howard arguably has been the club’s most valuable player. He is 10-7-4, with a 2.46 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
But not only has Howard been arguably the teams move valuable player this season as Khan states, a five million dollar annual salary is still pretty good value considering the going rate for a starting goaltender in the League.
Of the top ten highest paid goaltenders in the NHL, Howard’s financials would still probably fall below an average annual salary of $6.06 million. This also falls in line with Howard’s career goals against average of 2.42 and his career save percentage of .917.
- Nashville – Pekka Rinne – $7 million (2.32 GAA, .921 SA%)
- New York Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist – $6.875 million (2.27 GAA, .920 SA%)
- Vancouver – Roberto Luongo – $5.3 million (2.51 GAA, .919 SA%)
- Philadelphia – Ilya Bryzgalov – $5.6 million (2.54 GAA, .914 SA%)
- Carolina – Cam Ward – $6.3 million (2.74 GAA, .910 SA%)
- Buffalo – Ryan Miller – $6.25 million (2.58 GAA, .915 SA%)
- Minnesota – Niklas Backstrom – $6 million (2.41 GAA, .918 SA%)
- Pittsburgh – Marc Andre Fleury – $5 million (2.68 GAA, .909 SA%)
- Montreal – Carey Price – $6.5 million (2.54 GAA, .916 SA%)
- Calgary – Miikka Kiprusoff – $5.8 million (2.47 GAA, .913 SA%)
(Salaries reflect 2013-2014 annual numbers, stats reflect career numbers)
Based on those numbers, it’s definitely not inconceivable that Howard (who turns 29 on March 26th) can hit the open market and sign a long-term deal closer to the $6 million dollar a year range.
Howard has averaged 36 wins over the past three seasons since assuming the starting role in 2009-2010. He was also a Calder Trophy runner up to Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers.
h/t: Mlive.com, Sportscity.com