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The big news in this hour comes out of Detroit…
They have resigned starting goaltender Jimmy Howard to a reported 2 year contract extension for $2.25M per season.
Howard currently leads the NHL in wins in his first full season as the Red Wings unquestioned starter. In my opinion, this is an absolutely great deal for the Wings, locking up a guy who has all the tools to become one of the elite goalies in the league. The big name starting goalies in the league are all making $5M+, so to get Howard for less than half of that is great. Howard could have commanded far more on the open market, but this is another example of a player taking less to stay with the Wings. That money the Wings saved will be used to further upgrade the team in the summer.
The second trade of the day came down during this hour, also involving the Florida Panthers.
To Florida Panthers: 2011 3rd round pick, prospect Jake Hauswirth
To Washington Capitals: Dennis Wideman
From Florida’s perspective: They aren’t making the playoffs this year so they are shedding pay roll, while acquiring building blocks. In addition to the third round pick, they picked up Hauswirth who is an enormous (6’5″) left winger currently playing in the ECHL (one step below the AHL).
From Washington’s perspective: In acquiring Wideman, they haven’t really addressed their need for a #2 center to play behind Nickas Backstrom, but Wideman is a very good addition to their blue line. They are probably not done making moves today.
In waiver wire news, Robbie Schremp was claimed by Atlanta, Curtis McElhinney was claimed by Ottawa and Brett Carson was claimed by Calgary.