from Chandler Engelbrecht of the Detroit Free Press,
"The team's spending money on some very skilled players (and) a lot of pieces that we needed," Larkin said at the Detroit Golf Club. "I'm very excited for the pressure going into camp. We've got the pieces. Now we've got to do something with it."...
"There's a lot of new faces," Larkin said. "We're going to have to mesh quickly. I've already spoke to a lot of the new signings. Everyone's excited, everyone's very knowledgeable about the players we have and what we added.
"What I like most is the (new guys') skill level ... I haven't been this excited for going into camp and going into the season in quite some time. There's huge upside for our team, we just have to go out and prove it."...
In his early conversations with Lalonde, Larkin — who had 31 goals and 38 points in 71 games last season — said the 49-year-old's "fresh voice" has the franchise ready to put its rebuild behind them.
"The talks have been great," Larkin said. "We talked right away after he was hired. Seems like he's very excited to come in. Obviously, everyone knows, through what (Yzerman) said and after (Lalonde's) press conference at the start, team defense is something we're going to really work on. I think the guys that were on the team last year, and the new signings, are ready for that challenge."
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