NHL Rumors: Will Dylan Larkin be extended or traded by Red Wings?

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Oct 1, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin (71) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings captain, Dylan Larkin is “hoping” to get an extension done before the summer. That’s when his current deal expires and he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

For Red Wings fans who don’t want to see one of their best players leave for nothing via free agency on July 1, it’s great news.

NHL Rumors: Dylan Larkin wants to stay in Detroit

Larkin, 26, scored 69 points in 71 games last season. Selected by Detroit 15th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, he’s accumulated 358 points in 504 career games.

“We’re having conversations. A lot of negotiating, going back and forth. Ultimately, in my heart, it’s where I want to be,” Larkin told Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek just outside of Las Vegas. I don’t really see myself playing for another team. It’s moving along. I can’t really tell you when or how [the deal gets resolved], but that’s where I want to be.”

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While the two sides negotiate, what will his next contract look like? It will certainly be higher than the current $6.1 million AAV he’s making, but just how much more is a big question.

Next summer, the Wings will have $41 million in cap space to play with. That seems like a lot but they only have 11 players signed for the 2023-24 season.

General manager Steve Yzerman needs to fill out a roster and decide if he’s going to try and bring back all 9 players set to become UFAs.

  • Dylan Larkin (F)
  • Tyler Bertuzzi (F)
  • Pius Suter (F)
  • Oskar Sundqvist (F)
  • Adam Erne (F)
  • Olli Maatta (D)
  • Jordan Oesterle (D)
  • Jake Walman (D)
  • Mark Pysyk (D)
  • Alex Nedeljkovic (G)

It’s fair to say with some of the recent contracts signed that Larkin is in line for an 8 year-extension and an AAV at least starting at $8 million.

So extending Larkin isn’t such a slam dunk, which raises the question if he’l be traded?

Remember, the Wings need to save cap space for Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond when their contracts are up in 2024-2025. Both those young stars are expected to sign big contract extensions as soon as they’re eligible.

Will Dylan Larkin be traded?

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Apr 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) skates down the ice during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

If negotiations stall or fall apart by the trade deadline, there is always the possibility of a trade. One top insider predicts a move is coming.

With all eyes on Patrick Kane, Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin will be traded before the March 3 trade deadline. Larkin is quietly entering the final year of his deal and is a pending UFA. He holds a no-trade clause, but that could be a big change for a Michigan kid who has played almost exclusively in the Detroit area his entire life.

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Larkin’s no-trade clause will make it harder to trade him. Plus, any team that deals for the center will want to negotiate an extension before sending any assets over.

If it gets that far, very few contenders will be in the mix due to the cap, but an up-and-coming team like the New Jersey Devils or Buffalo Sabres could be great landing spots.