The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract extension with Detroit on Wednesday and will return to the only NHL team he’s ever known for a 14th season.
TSN reports that the deal has a $5.1 million average annual value, but $1.1 million of that is tied up in playoff bonuses, so if the Wings don’t make the postseason next year, he will earn $4 million.
Howard is in the final season of a six-year, $31.75 million contract that carries a $5.292 million salary-cap hit.
Howard is 19-20-5 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .908 save percentage this season. The numbers are among the worst of his career, but the Red Wings have struggled as a team, amassing the third-worst record in the league.
Howard is a two-time All-Star. He has played in the third-most games as a goalie in Red Wings history. He’s third in franchise wins.