With just three weeks remaining in the 2018-19 regular season and only one of two goaltenders on a long-term deal, the Detroit Red Wings locked up an important piece to the team on Wednesday afternoon, signing goaltender Jimmy Howard to a one-year contract extension.
The agreement was made official through a club announcement from the Red Wings while TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie was next to add further detail to it, noting that Howard would receive an AAV of $5.1 million.
McKenzie would also make mention of the fact that $1.1 million of his salary is entirely based on playoff bonuses. That in mind, if the Red Wings don’t make the playoffs next season, Howard won’t get his bonus and therefore, will only receive $4 million in total base salary.
McKenzie would then close in saying that Howard’s contract does not have a no-trade clause attached to it, therefore, noting that there are no limitations on Detroit’s ability to trade him.
John Shannon of Sportsnet.ca was first to report the terms of the agreement, mentioning that it would be a one-year deal with a $4 million salary as well as playoff bonuses.
The one-year deal is set to take Howard through the conclusion of the 2019-20 regular season, meanwhile, it is set to kick in at the beginning of the 2019-20 regular season.
In taking a look at Jimmy Howard, the 34-year-old native of Syracuse, New York has appeared in 48 games with the Red Wings thus far, recording 19 wins and 20 losses, while also adding five ties to his resume.
Howard also owns a 3.05 Goals Against Average as well as a .908 save percentage through a total ice time that consists of 2, 698 minutes. As for the entirety of his NHL career as a whole, the American netminder has appeared in a total of 509 games, recording 240 wins and 171 losses, while also adding 24 shutouts and 68 ties to his resume.
Howard was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (64th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has seen time playing with the University of Maine of the H-East League before eventually making his NHL debut towards the beginning of the 2005-06 regular season.
Following his three-year tenure with the Black Bears in Maine, Howard joined the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League where he added 27 wins and six losses before making his NHL debut in November.
In a statement from the veteran backstop with regards to his desire to stay in Detroit, he said, “It’s home.” With regards to the deal, Howard would continue on to say, “It totally makes sense to me. I’ll turn 35 here in a week, and from there on out I’m fine with one-year contracts.”
Following their 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, the Detroit Red Wings return to action on Thursday night at Enterprise Center as they pay a visit to the St. Louis Blues at 8:00pmET. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit, meanwhile, it can be heard on WXYT-FM 97.1.