Update: It's not offically offical yet, but it is pretty darn close. Holland says the sides haven't agreed yet, but per Craig Custance - Jimmy Howard on new deal: "It's really, really close."
Sounds like Detroit Red Wings and Jimmy Howard are on the verge of coming to terms on a 6 year deal paying in the range of 5.3 M per #TSN— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) April 11, 2013
So six years at $5.3M per year. I can deal with that. Jimmy is one step below an absolute elite goalie and this pays him as such. Take a look at these comparisons
Howard: .917 career, $5.3MM x 6. Rinne: .920, $7MM x 7. Price: .916, $6.5MM x 6. Quick: .914, $5.8MM x 10. Not bad by Wings.— 67Sound (@67sound) April 11, 2013
I think this makes sense in today's world. Plus, I think Howard is just that tiny step away from being an absolute elite goalie in the world. He can make that step in the next few years.
Two more things though about this signing, after the jump:no comments