NHL notebook: Red Wings give Jimmy Howard six-year, $31.8 million extension

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stops Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw during NHL...

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stops Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw during NHL action in Chicago, April 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

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In a move expected for more than a week, the Detroit Red Wings finally signed starting goaltender Jimmy Howard to a contract extension.

The team announced Howard’s six-year, $31.8 million deal Tuesday, noting he’ll be a part of Motor City sports scene until 2019.

“Jimmy is one of our most valuable players who is entering the prime of his career,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He gives a chance to win every night.”

With the deal, Howard joins Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall as Wings who are signed until 2019.

NHL REQUESTS FACE-TO-FACE MEETING WITH WHITE

Wednesday will be judgment day for Montreal Canadiens forward Ryan White.

The National Hockey League has requested an in-person meeting with White to discuss his hit on Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kent Huskins, according to TSN.

Based on the fact it's an in-person hearing, White could be facing a minimum suspension of six games.

At the 13:53 mark of the first period Monday, White appeared to catch Huskins in the head with his left shoulder.

White received a major penalty for elbowing on the play.

LINDY RUFF TO COACH TEAM CANADA

Former Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff will run the bench for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship, according to TSN.

Ruff was fired by the Sabres in February, and has remained idle from the NHL since then.

This is not Ruff’s first gig as a member of Team Canada’s coaching staff. He was an assistant at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, and also led Canada to silver at the 2009 World Championship in Switzerland.

LAICH AVOIDS SURGERY, OPTS FOR REHAB

Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich is foregoing the knife in favour of rehab for his injured groin.

If he had opted for surgery it would have been of the sports hernia variety, and would keep him out of the Caps lineup for 4-6 weeks.

That would have been a detriment to the Capitals playoff chances, even though the team is riding a seven-game winning streak.

“We came to the conclusion we want (Laich) to be pain-free before he goes on the ice again,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “So he’s working as hard as he can to become pain free. We don’t want any setbacks.”


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