Goaltender Jimmy Howard was the topic of trade rumors heading up to the deadline, but the Red Wings hauled to himand they’re going to have him for the following season as well.

The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract expansion with Detroit on Wednesday and will return into the sole team he has known to get a 14th season.

TSN reports that the bargain has a $5.1 million average yearly value, however, $1.1 million of this is tangled up in play off bonuses, so in case the Wings do not make the postseason next year, then he’ll bring in $4 million.

Howard is in the final season of a six-year, $31.75 million contract which carries a $5.292 million salary-cap hit.

The amounts are among the worst of his career, but the Red Wings have fought like a team, amassing the third-worst record from the league.

Howard is just a twotime all star. He has played in the third-most games as a goalie in Red Wings history. He’s third in franchise wins.


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