Red Wings sign G Howard to six-year contract Staff

4/16/2013 2:01:30 PM

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday that they have signed goaltender Jimmy Howard to a six-year contract.

"We're extremely pleased to have Jimmy under contract for the next six seasons," said Holland. "He's entering the prime of his career and over the last four years has gained a tremendous amount of regular season and postseason experience.  He's developed into a top-tier NHL goaltender and is a very important part of our team moving forward. Jimmy is one of our leaders and we look forward to watching him elevate his game to the next level in a Red Wings sweater."

The 29-year-old netminder had a chance to explore free agency this summer, but told the Detroit Free Press last week that he never considered taking that route.

"I wanted to be here. I get along great with everyone here," Howard told the Free Press last week. "I believe in this organization. I just want to be here and get the job done."

Howard is the first goalie in Red Wings history to win at least 35 games in each of his first three full seasons.

Howard is 17-12-6 this year as the Red Wings try to hang on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.