Howard: “We’re really close” on a new deal

DETROIT – Wings goalie Jimmy Howard confirmed he’s close to signing a six-year extension to remain with the club.

Howard said after the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena Thursday that he’s “very close” to signing an extension.

The deal could signed by the end of the weekend.

Howard is in the final year of a deal that’s paying him $2.25 million a season.

According to Aaron Ward, of tsn.ca and a former Red Wings defenseman, the deal is reportedly worth $5.3 million a season.

Howard would have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

This season, Howard is 16-12-4 with a 2.41 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. He has two shutouts.

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