Detroit Red Wings: Jimmy Howard’s Contract Extension Should Happen, And Soon

November 19th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
To date, there's been no serious negotiations.

No proposals and counter-proposals furiously faxed and emailed between agent and team.

Money, term, bonuses, clauses...all these details remain nebulous and negotiable.

What Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard's next contract will look like is anyone's guess; that it should be created sooner rather than later is certain.

And by sooner, I mean "right friggin' now."

The 26-year-old netminder didn't have a lot of hope surrounding him last season.

After seven years in the Red Wings organization, time was running short for Jimmy Howard to emerge as Detroit's "goalie of the future," the handle he was saddled with when the Red Wings drafted him in 2003.

He had been called up a handful of times from the AHL to join the big club between 2005 and 2009, and after nine games played, he had a single win attached to his NHL resume.

Last season, he was set to share the load of starting duties with Chris Osgood, who had just followed up a miserable regular season with a Conn Smythe-worthy playoff campaign.

Osgood promised he'd be better, t ...

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