Among the names left on the restricted free agent list, Dylan Larkin stands out as a potential franchise linchpin. Though William Nylander and Sam Reinhart are important forwards, and Noah Hanifin, Darnell Nurse, Shea Theodore and Josh Morrissey are all talented defensemen, it’s Larkin that could be the face of the Detroit Red Wings for quite some time and probably the most important contract to still be worked out. Larkin recently said that he believed something would be done before training camp, and recently reiterated that fact to Sportsnet’s Luke Fox
“Something’s coming,” Larkin promised Tuesday afternoon, following an intense skills-training session alongside Connor McDavid and other NHLers at the Power Edge Pro camp in Toronto.
“I’ve told everyone I think it’ll be before training camp. It’s right there. I’m just waiting to iron out the details.”
Multiple reports suggest GM Ken Holland would prefer to lock Larkin up for the next five or six seasons, but he’s under a significant salary-cap crunch.
The young Larkin has, in fact, said he does not mind the pressure being the face of the franchise. I think Holland has the right idea here. Today’s hockey is built for Dylan Larkin. His numbers and willingness to always improve is why the Red Wings should do anything to get a long-term deal done with the local boy.