Jimmy Howard, Red Wings close to six-year deal

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard stops an Oilers shot at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, March 7,...

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard stops an Oilers shot at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, March 7, 2013. (REBECCA COOK/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 4:11 PM ET

All that stands between the Detroit Red Wings and goalie Jimmy Howard agreeing to terms on a six-year contract extension is “little stuff.”

Howard told reporters Thursday that no deal has been finalized as the two sides try to work out some minor details. The deal is worth a reported $31.8 million, an annual salary cap hit of $5.3 million.

“I wanted to be here,” Howard said on the NHL’s website. “I get along great with everyone here. I believe in this organization. I just want to be here and get the job done.”

Howard, a former second-round draft pick of the Red Wings, is 16-12-4 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season. He won at least 35 games the previous three seasons and was an all-star in 2011-12.

“Obviously he’s always worked hard and the organization has confidence in him,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said on NHL.com. “It’s important for us. We need good goaltending. We need him each and every night and he’s been excellent for us.”


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