The American center player Dylan Larkin, who could reach full autonomy in 2023, does not see himself in the colors of any other formation of the National Hockey League than those of the Detroit Red Wings .
The 26-year-old pivot will spend this season the last campaign of a pact earning him $6.1 million annually. He confirmed to Sportsnet that he has entered into contract negotiations with Michigan roster general manager Steve Yzerman.
“We are in discussions. We negotiate a lot and we pass the buck. Ultimately, in my heart, [Detroit] is where I want to be, Larkin said. I don't see myself evolving with another team. Negotiations are progressing. I can't reveal more, but I want to be here.”
After having had a painful 2020-2021 season, during which he amassed only 23 points in 44 games, the former first-round pick in 2014 regained his acclaim last campaign. Supported by the hatching of young Lucas Raymond, Moritz Seider and Tyler Bertuzzi, Larkin led his team with 69 points in 71 games. However, his season was cut short by an injury and surgery to his abdominal muscles, but he assures that he will be ready for training camp.
A promising future
Since starting his Bettman league career in 2015, Larkin has only tasted playoff hockey once…in his rookie year. The Wings had then suffered elimination in the first round against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The youth movement of Derek Lalonde's men, as well as the addition of veterans Andrew Copp, David Perron, Ville Husso and Ben Chiarot, however, bode well for Little Caesars Arena.
“I do believe we've never been this close [to a playoff appearance],” concluded Larkin.< /p>
The captain of the Red Wings will have the big end of the stick in his negotiations with Yzerman since he benefits from a no-trade clause. Remember that Larkin changed agents last May and joined the CAA agency, headed by Pat Brisson.