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Jimmy Howard expected to get contract extension from Red Wings

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If you look at the Detroit Red Wings’ roster of players this season, and take the 15-game sample size we currently have, one thing stands out; Jimmy Howard has been unreal.

The Red Wings have bounced back from an 0-5-2 start to the 2018-19 season for a current 5-8-2 record, including wins in four of their last five games. A lot of this is due to the strong play of Howard, who’s currently 3-0-0 in this last three starts. (2.59 GAA, .925 SVP) Howard’s stats overall this year aren’t spectacular at 2.93 GAA and .917 save percentage, but this belies his real performance this year.

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He’s played behind a decimated defense to start the year; a defense that saw four rookies make their NHL debuts on Opening Night. And now that the defense is healthy, it’s a mix of past-prime veterans and skilled veterans showing the newcomers the ropes. Howard has kept the Red Wings in many games and given them chances to win by facing upwards of 40+ shots a night in some cases. This fact is not lost on players like the Red Wings own Gustav Nyquist.

“I would say so for sure [Howard has been the most consistent player],” Nyquist said following Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Little Caesars Arena. “It’s hard to argue that, the way he’s playing. Every game he’s given us a chance to win, so that’s huge for us.”

Red Wings veteran Justin Abdelkader shares the same sentiment on Howard’s play.

“Jimmy’s been playing great all year,” Justin Abdelkader said. “He’s making some big saves and bailing us out when we need him. We just got to continue to do a good job in front of him and try to be in lanes and block shots and clean up rebounds, because a lot of times he’s so good at making that first save.”

The brass in the Red Wings’ office have taken notice. Word is that Howard is expected to receive a contract extension before the season is out. He’s in the final year of his current contract (six years at $5.29m/year) and with the play this season of Detroit backup netminder Jonathan Bernier, (1-3-0, 4.21 GAA, .873 SVP), and the Red Wings’ lack of NHL-ready goalie prospects, there’s a really good chance they won’t be moving Howard anywhere for the foreseeable future.

Howard will be 35 years old in March, making any future deal a 35+ contract for the netminder. This means that even if Jimmy does not play out the rest of his future deal and retires or is bought out, the cap hit will continue to count against the Red Wings’ salary cap until the expiration of his deal. This means Red Wings GM Ken Holland will have to be very careful in evaluating Howard’s play and longevity moving forward.

 


 

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UNPOPULAR OPINION: Fans only hate Jimmy Howard, because he’s not Chris Osgood

Yeah, that’s right, I said it.

For years now, basically for as long as Jimmy Howard has been starting goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings, we’ve heard it after almost every loss. Heard it, read it, debated it, and gotten tired of it. There’s always a handful in the crowd.

Thanks, Howard! Get rid of him already! Garbage goaltender!

We’ve all at least once had an interaction like the one pictured above. Why does this kind of blind hate happen? Let’s go way back.

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Bleeding whiskey and maple syrup, Nathan is an avid Red Wings fan who fills his lack of interest for other sports with even more hockey. Born and raised in Warren, MI, he's been in the thick of Red Wings culture since day one, and views the game from an analytical and objective standpoint. (@TheSarcastrophe)

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DSN’s Interview with Geordie Day, director of “Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story”

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For fans of the Detroit Red Wings who were fortunate enough to be able to see Bob Probert suit up in person, they’ll tell the many stories of his legendary fights and of his reputation as one of the toughest men to have ever skated in the NHL.

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But off the ice, it wasn’t always smooth skating for Probert. Though he was known for the use of his fists, he also became known for battles with inner demons, as well as run-ins with the law; his sudden passing in July of 2010 at the age of 45 stunned the hockey world.

An intimate look at Probert’s life through previously unseen home movies, as well as interviews from legendary hockey figures, is set to be released in select theaters after a film festival run this spring. “Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story” is the latest work of documentarian Geordie Day, whose films have been seen around the world.

Q: What was the inspiration for this project?

So, back in 2016, I directed a documentary on Clint Malarchuk, the goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres who nearly was killed after a skate blade severed his neck in the late 1980s. The film was about his struggles with mental illness. Additionally, my mom writes a lot of hockey biographies, and she had written Bob’s with him. All of the taped interviews for that book, we used in our documentary

While her and Bob were working on the book, they were doing hours of taped interviews about his famous scandals and fights. She’s been sitting on the tapes and recordings for years. I thought it would be cool to have Bob’s story, kind of like the Amy Winehouse documentary and use as much archival film as possible and tell us his story through his career, so that people could empathize with him and through the documentary they could go along with him.

Q: There are plenty of high profile interviews you did for this documentary, including from Steve Yzerman, Joe Kocur, Chris Chelios, and others. Did you find they were eager to take part in this film?

They’re busy guys, so scheduling wasn’t the easiest thing. They made it happen, and I think that’s a testament to (Bob’s wife) Dani Probert and the respect that all the guys have for her. A lot were doing for Bob as well. The interviews I’d credit to the respect that all the players have for Bob and Dani.

Q: Is there any effect that you’re hoping this documentary will have on today’s NHL enforcers?

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We didn’t go into it wanting to make it an advocacy film; I don’t land on either side of the argument and I don’t think the film does either. It’s just a film about Bob and his life and the issues he faced. We all deal with them too, and it’s about his struggles and what is family and friends and teammates struggled the most with. If a current NHL enforcer sees it, there is a correlation between enforcers and drinking/drug use. If guys can watch the documentary and can gain perspective on their own situation, I think that’d be great.

Q: Do you think that Bob’s career would have been different had he not struggled with substance abuse?

Good question and we try to tackle that in the documentary. A lot of people see he had an All-Star season in 1987 and 1988 and he could be a powerhouse out there. If it weren’t for drugs and alcohol and if it weren’t getting caught at the border with cocaine, who knows what would happen? He could have been an All-Star for years to come. Others say his meanness and toughness had something to do with the fact that he was drinking and doing drugs. You never know. I’d be more inclined to think without it, he’d probably have had an even better carer than he did. But it’s impossible to say.

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Q: What else can people expect to see in this project?

I think Bob has this larger than life persona, and part of being probably the best enforcer ever – or at least the most dominant. All the scandals he was involved in and always on the front page and media for his addiction issues. I think we tried to juxtapose that with the Bob seen in home video footage and his own perspective, so you can realize this wasn’t a badass rock star hockey player who didn’t care about anyone. He cared a lot of people and they loved him, and just like everyone else he struggled with demons, so hopefully people can see it and see the best of Bob.

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SHOCKER! Steve Yzerman’s Lightning swept in Round 1 by Columbus

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Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Of course, headlines were made before this season began when Lightning GM Steve Yzerman announced he’d be stepping down from that role in the final year of his contract and serve as an advisor. Speculation immediately ran rampant that it was a hint that he’d be returning home to the Detroit Red Wings.

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Carolina Hurricanes claim ‘Hockey Town,’ Detroit Red Wings respond

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On Monday night, as the Carolina Hurricanes were in the midst of a 5-0 playoff win over the Washington Capitals, whoever runs the Hurricanes Twitter account did something very dumb.

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Well, as soon as the tweet went out, a plethora of responses followed not only ripping the Hurricanes for claiming ‘Hockey Town’ after being in existence for just over 20 years but reminding them that there is only one city that can claim that title.

Detroit, Michigan.

Even the Detroit Red Wings Twitter responded to the Hurricanes tweet.

Oh, by the way, Carolina…

It’s ‘Hockeytown,’ not ‘Hockey Town!’

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