Two years ago, goaltender Jimmy Howard admitted he fretted over contract negotiations.

This year, amid the blur and bustle of a lockout-shortened season, he’s had little time to worry about securing the six-year contract he and the Red Wings reached in agreement today.

“To be honest, it really hasn’t (worried me),” he said. “Like last time we went through this it really did weigh (on me). But I think with it being such a condensed schedule and so many games being played in a short amount of time, I haven’t really had much time to think about it.”

According to TSN, the contract is valued at $31.8 million. Howard confirmed that it’s a six-year deal and said with only “little stuff” left to iron out, he was hoping to formally sign the deal by the end of the weekend.

Howard said he never considered testing the free-agent market.

“Really no, to be honest,” he said. “I wanted to be here. I get along great with everyone here. I believe in this organization. I just want to be here and get the job done.