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April 11, 2013 | 10:34am ET [Updated: 11:05am ET]
Wings, Howard close to new deal
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Detroit Red Wings appear close to signing goaltender Jimmy Howard to a new, long-term contract extension.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland, while appearing on Hockey Central on Sportsnet The Fan 590 in Toronto yesterday, hinted a deal could be on the horizon.

"If we don't get it done in next week, it probably happens in the off-season," he said.

However, negotiations have gone well between the two parties and a new contract could be ironed out this week.

According to TSN hockey analyst and former NHLer Aaron Ward, the Wings are close to signing Howard to a six-year deal worth $5.3 million per season.

Howard told local reporters Thursday morning that he is "really close" to a six-year contract and a deal could be done "by end of the weekend." He later re-confirmed his comments when contacted by TFP.

Howard, 29, has posted a 16-12-4 record in 33 games so far this season with the Wings, along with a 2.41 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage.

The All-Star and former Vezina candidate was originally drafted by the Wings in the second-round (64th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.


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