Red Wings sign red-hot goaltender to an extension

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings signed goaltender Jimmy Howard to an eight-year extension through 2020, the team announced Wednesday.

Howard will make $7.2 million this season and the next four years.

Howard, 34, has appeared in 1,037 games for the Red Wings, posting a .924 save percentage.

He has a 2.42 goals-against average, a .901 save percentage and five shutouts.

He was drafted in the fourth round (118th overall) by the Red Wing in 2005.

The Wings have won five straight games and are 10-1-0.

In addition to Howard, the Red Stars have signed forward Nick Merkley to a two-year, $5 million contract, signing defenseman Ben Bishop to a three-year contract, and defenseman Alex Goligoski to a one-year deal.