The Detroit Red Wings made the news official Tuesday, announcing via Twitter they have signed goaltender Jimmy Howard to a six-year contract extension.
There were reports last week that a deal was close, and TSN reported Thursday the extension is worth $31.8 million.
Howard, 29, is in the final year of a two-year, $4.5 million contract. He was an all-star last season and has won at least 35 games in three straight seasons. He is 17-12-6 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .920 save percentage this season.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4