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Red Wings and Jimmy Howard progressing on new long-term deal



According to Ansar Khan of, 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.

  1. Nashville – Pekka Rinne – $7 million (2.32 GAA, .921 SA%)
  2. New York Rangers – Henrik Lundqvist – $6.875 million (2.27 GAA, .920 SA%)
  3. Vancouver – Roberto Luongo – $5.3 million (2.51 GAA, .919 SA%)
  4. Philadelphia – Ilya Bryzgalov – $5.6 million (2.54 GAA, .914 SA%)
  5. Carolina – Cam Ward – $6.3 million (2.74 GAA, .910 SA%)
  6. Buffalo – Ryan Miller – $6.25 million (2.58 GAA, .915 SA%)
  7. Minnesota – Niklas Backstrom – $6 million (2.41 GAA, .918 SA%)
  8. Pittsburgh – Marc Andre Fleury – $5 million (2.68 GAA, .909 SA%)
  9. Montreal – Carey Price – $6.5 million (2.54 GAA, .916 SA%)
  10. 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.


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