Howard's deal comes with a $5.1-million average annual value, but $1.1 million is based on playoff bonuses, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. If the Red Wings don't make the playoffs next season, Howard would receive no bonus and only get his $4-million salary, McKenzie adds.
The veteran goalie, who will turn 35 next week, has spent his entire career in the Motor City. He owns a .908 save percentage and a 3.05 goals-against average in 48 games this season.
If Howard plays well next season, he'll earn another one-year extension after that, adds St. James. He's a pending unrestricted free agent in the final campaign of a six-year, $31.75-million pact inked with the Red Wings in 2013.
Howard, who turns 35 next week, has recorded a .907 save percentage in 47 appearances in 2018-19.
He's spent his entire career with Detroit after the Red Wings selected him 64th overall in the 2003 draft.
During the offseason, Connolly said he wouldn't attend. Now the winger is sticking to that decision.
"Personally, I don't think I'm going to go ... it has nothing to do with politics," Connolly said at the time. "For me, I just don't think it's the right thing to do."
Captain Alex Ovechkin confirmed he'll attend, but Connolly isn't the only Capitals player sitting out.
When asked last June about the White House visit, playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly ripped U.S. President Donald Trump for his "racist and sexist" rhetoric, saying his decision was made before any team discussion.
Connolly is in the midst of a career season, registering 20 goals and 22 assists through 73 games.
North Bay Battalion scoring sensation Justin Brazeau is on the radar of numerous NHL clubs.
"He's undrafted, so he is drawing NHL attention (with) at least five-to-seven teams in the mix," TSN's Darren Dreger reported on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading."
Dreger added the Toronto Maple Leafs have expressed some interest, and the Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights, and Columbus Blue Jackets are all intrigued by Brazeau.
The 21-year-old winger amassed 61 goals and 113 points in 68 OHL regular-season games in 2018-19.
Brazeau and the Battalion will face the Niagara IceDogs in the first round of the playoffs beginning with Game 1 on Thursday night.
Barry Trotz, the Capitals' head coach at the time, noted he would do whatever the group decided and was unsure whether it would be a full-team outing, or just certain players electing to attend.
The annual championship visit has been a controversial topic over the past couple of years. President Donald Trump canceled the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles' visit last June. During the NBA Finals, both LeBron James and Stephen Curry insisted their teams would not attend if invited, resulting in Trump ultimately revoking the invitation.
The entire Pittsburgh Penguins team visited the White House after winning their most recent Stanley Cup in 2017.