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Jimmy Howard Signing Is Official

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed goaltender Jimmy Howard to a one-year contract extension.

Howard, 34, is one of the most accomplished goaltenders in Red Wings history, ranking among franchise leaders with 509 games played (3rd among goalies), 240 wins (3rd) and 24 shutouts (4th), alongside a career 240-171-68 record, 2.54 goals-against average and 0.914 save percentage. In 2018-19, Howard became the 71st goaltender in NHL history to reach 500 games during Detroit’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 14. He was also named to the NHL All-Star Game for the third time in his career in 2019 after previously participating in 2012 and missing the 2015 event due to injury. The Syracuse, New York, native has appeared in 48 games for Detroit in 2018-19, posting a 19-20-5 record, 3.05 goals-against average and 0.908 save percentage. He has also played in 48 career Stanley Cup playoff games, sporting a 21-26 record, 2.58 goals-against average, 0.918 save percentage and three shutouts.

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Libor Sulak Recalled On An Emergency Basis From Grand Rapids

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Libor Sulak from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions. 

Sulak, 25, made the Red Wings out of training camp and was one of five players to make his NHL debut on Oct. 4 versus Columbus. He would go on to skate in six games for Detroit, logging six penalty minutes and averaging 19:23 time on ice. Since joining the Griffins, Sulak has recorded 12 points (4-8-12), 32 penalty minutes and 80 shots in goal in 54 games. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound blueliner previously debuted for the Griffins at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, notching two assists in two games, following a full season in the Finnish SM-Liiga, in which he led the Lahti Pelicans' defensemen with 32 points (9-23-32) in 42 games and led the league with 307 shots on goal. 

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Michael Rasmussen Needs Work In These Areas

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

For Rasmussen’s part, he says he didn’t come into the season with any expectations. He also doesn’t believe in the rookie wall. Make of those what you will. But his takeaways have been more or less what the Red Wings would have hoped, based on that reasoning.

“I think everyone’s just bigger, stronger,” Rasmussen said. “For me, I’ve gotta get stronger — get a stronger core, stronger legs. So that’s my main focus.”

And, Blashill would continue, learn how to use his 6-foot-6 size in ways that may not have been possible in a world where he was still looping around everyone.

“Now he’s gotta learn how to leverage his body better, because everybody else is big,” Blashill said. “Where, in junior, not everybody else is big. So now you’ve gotta learn how to leverage your body better and learn some tricks.

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Jimmy Howard On Staying With The Wings

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The goalie, who turns 35 on March 26, said he hasn't signed yet because his agent and the Red Wings are working out some language in the contract. Howard, who could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1, said he wasn't sure when the contract would be official, but he's ready to sign it.

"It means a lot," Howard said. "This is the only organization I know. I love playing for the Wings. My family loves living in Detroit. It's very special."...

Howard said he told Holland he'd be fine with a one-year contract because the Red Wings have been good to him throughout his career and he didn't want to put them in a difficult position. Howard also said he didn't want to go anywhere else, calling Detroit "home."

Howard could keep signing one-year contracts as long he plays. Backup Jonathan Bernier, who is signed for two more seasons, is expected to return next season.

"It totally makes sense to me," Howard said of a one-year contract. "I'll turn 35 here in a week, and from there on out I'm fine with one-year contracts."

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Videos- The Talks After Last Night’s Game

Watch Andreas Athanasiou, Jimmy Howard, Taro Hirose and Jeff Blashill after last night's game plus extended game highlights.


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Video- Game Highlights Of The Win Over The Rangers

I'll add post-game videos below if they appear soon.

added 10:53pm, Below, in one video are Athanasiou, Howard, Hirose, Nielsen and Blashill.


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Jacob de la Rose Experienced An Accelerated Heartbeat Tonight

de la Rose had a heart issue while with the Canadiens last year, missed 6 games in October, 2018.


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Quick Recap -Detroit Red Wings/New York Rangers

The Wings scored once in the first period, once in the second period and an empty netter in thee third.

The Rangers connected on the power play with just over five minutes to play in the third and added a very late goal to make it 3-2

Final score Detroit Red Wings 3 New York Rangers 2.

Goals and stats are below.

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Report- A One-Year Deal For Jimmy Howard Expected This Week

via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings are expected to announce an extension for goaltender Jimmy Howard this week.

The one-year deal is expected to be in the $4 million range. Howard turns 35 on March 26, and a one-year deal offers little risk for the Wings. If he plays well, he’ll get another one-year extension.

The Wings don’t have a goalie prospect ready in the organization. Howard has given them steady to stellar goaltending the past three seasons. From the 2016-17 season through 2017-18 season, Howard accumulated a .915 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average. He has been one of the Wings’ best players this season, better than his .907 save percentage and 3.07 goals-against average through 47 games reflect.

The extension shores up the Wings' goaltending through next season, as Jonathan Bernier has two years left on his contract.

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Countdown From Ten

Yep, that's right. Ten more games to go. Ten more reasons to enjoy the 19 of us making merry, while our beloved Detroit Red Wings fall the farthest we've seen in almost thirty years.
Still, there are some players worth watching, and, the commentary here at A2Y is worth way more than the price of admission.

It's a Live Blog!

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