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Can the wings afford howard?

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I was thinking the other day, if howard makes a deep run in the playoffs, wins the calder, and produces simlar numbers next year, you guys think we will be able to afford him when it comes time to resign him?

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I think Howard would take a necessary discount to stay here if he needed to. Assuming he keeps up this kind of play, he doesn't seem like the kind of guy that would ditch this organization that's spent so much developing him and putting their trust in him for some extra money.

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I was thinking about this too, I hope not. But I could see it happening, I think he is going to be a great goalie in this league for a long time.

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I think Howard would take a necessary discount to stay here if he needed to. Assuming he keeps up this kind of play, he doesn't seem like the kind of guy that would ditch this organization that's spent so much developing him and putting their trust in him for some extra money.

lets sign him to a 15 year contract? lol

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I could see Holland using some of the money that will come of Lids' next contract (if it comes) to lock down Howard, assuming next year is as good/better than this year. We also have Larsson and McCollum developing in the minors, so it will be interesting to see how Holland manages the three of them.

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Assuming that he's not a one year wonder, they'll pay whatever they need to short of some obscene amount. This guy has been touted through the organization forever as their goaltender of the future. If he pans out, there's no way the Wings would dump someone who they've spent so many years developing.

There's a lot of places the money could come from, one of them being Lidstrom. I believe Howard is signed next year, so we're talking about in two years. There should be some extra money.

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The name Jim Carey comes to mind...And no - I don't mean the comedian/actor.

Agreed. But that's why I'm glad of three things about this situation:

1. Howard isn't up for until next summer-- he'll have to do just as well next year.

2. Howard will be an RFA (I believe)

3. Ken Holland is the best GM in the NHL.

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Sign him to a long term contract after this year to 2-3 mil for 4 yrs.

His value may go up on the open market after next season.

Edited by RedWingsRox

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Agreed. But that's why I'm glad of three things about this situation:

1. Howard isn't up for until next summer-- he'll have to do just as well next year.

2. Howard will be an RFA (I believe)

3. Ken Holland is the best GM in the NHL.

Agreed.

If Howard continues his solid play thru next season I'm sure Holland will have him signed for a handful of years following next season(think along the same lines as Kronwall/Filppula).

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Agreed. But that's why I'm glad of three things about this situation:

1. Howard isn't up for until next summer-- he'll have to do just as well next year.

2. Howard will be an RFA (I believe)

3. Ken Holland is the best GM in the NHL.

Howard will be a UFA after next season.

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Sign him to a long term contract after this year to 2-3 mil for 4 yrs.

His value may go up on the open market after next season.

He's gotta continue to play as good as he is thru the playoffs, and throughout next season if Howard's gonna get a decent raise...We don't need to be Chicago part deux with an overpaid/worthless netminder on the Red Wings payroll.

Howard will be a UFA after next season.

That's right - he'll be 27 when his current contract expires making him a potential UFA.

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The name Jim Carey comes to mind...And no - I don't mean the comedian/actor.

thing is that jim carey was a one year wonder... look what happened to him when he got the big contract... the money for howard will come when lidstrom and rafalski retire...

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Howard will be a UFA after next season.

Ouch.

Well if he has a measurably good playoffs this spring and puts up good numbers next year then he'll be re-signed accordingly.

IMO, this would be a nice problem to be facing in one year's time. It would mean that Jimmy has 100% established himself.

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He's gotta continue to play as good as he is thru the playoffs, and throughout next season if Howard's gonna get a decent raise...We don't need to be Chicago part deux with an overpaid/worthless netminder on the Red Wings payroll.

It's all a bit of crapshoot. If you wait too long and he does prove himself in playoffs AND next season, then you'll have to up the ante. If you offer him something after this season and you think the kid's got what it takes, you may get a Ozzie like (younger days) goalie for under market value and spend more on your D and forwards. So, what's it going to be?

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Eh, I just want to enjoy watching him while he's here. The Wings will cross that bridge when they come to it.

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The Wings have a great history of signing their RFA's and young UFA's to great semi-long/ long term deals that pan out. I think that whatever Holland chooses is the right move.

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lol just don't worry about it it's not like he's gonna get 3million after one or two good years

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He won't get much

I guess the guy is already very happy that the Wings made him a #1 goaltender.

Last offseason instead of Bertuzzi / Williams we could have taken another Conklin... We gave the guy a chance.

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Last offseason instead of Bertuzzi / Williams we could have taken another Conklin... We gave the guy a chance.

I'm hoping this is as true in his mind as it is in ours. He did spend years upon years in our development system, finally got his shot and took advantage of it like a stud. This is pure speculation, but I have to imagine that he's happy to be in Detroit given his trajectory. As our "goalie of the future" for so many years in GR, I'm fairly certain he could've raised a big enough stink by age 25 to get traded had he really wanted to. Another year like this, and he'll be due a hefty raise, but, given the speculation above, I don't anticipate hotly contested negotiations. I'm hoping he'll get the lowish end of his market value and not dicker...which will still be a heck of a lot more than Ozzy has made recently, but likely worth it if he avoids the sophomore slump.

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also we have hudler coming off his khl contract the same time howard would need a contract too, should be interesting the next 2 years, I just hope we keep miller/eaves

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