It looks like the Detroit Red Wings have secured a goaltender that the Islanders can’t steal away.

It’s been reported that Jimmy Howard has signed a two-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.  The deal is for two years, $2.25 million a year.

It’s an interesting deal for the Wings.  While they did need to secure some stability in goal, Howard hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire this year.  He has an impressive 30-12-3 record this year, leading all goalies in wins, but Red Wings goaltenders usually have inflated win-loss statistics due to the quality of the team they play for.

He has a .908 save percentage, a 2.79 save percentage and two shutouts on the year.

It’s a pretty big contract considering the situation.  The Wings don’t have a ton of cap space available and they traditionally haven’t thrown a lot of money at their goaltenders.  However, Howard is only 26 years old and Chris Osgood – due to injuries and age – can no longer be counted on to be the team’s starter.

The move ensures that the Wings won’t have to worry about goaltending for at least a couple of years, which is a good thing for Detroit.  Howard has a decent upside and could grow into a solid goaltender with the Wings.  Howard was set to become a UFA this season and may have commanded a larger salary from a team looking to upgrade their goaltending.

The deal will be officially announced later today.