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Dylan Larkin's Next Contract

02/09/2022 at 10:47am EST

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

After this season, Larkin will have one season remaining before he can become an unrestricted free agent in 2023. If I’m the Red Wings, I don’t want to begin next season without an extension in the works — and ideally signed. Larkin will be 26 this summer (and 27 in the summer of 2023), which means his next contract is set up to be a long-term deal.

Looking at potential comparables: Evgeny Kuznetsov’s eight-year deal with the Capitals came at a $7.8 million AAV and 10.4 percent of the salary cap. On an $82.5 million cap (the league has said it expects the cap to rise by a million next season), that would be about $8.6 million. Logan Couture’s eight-year extension in San Jose was an $8 million AAV at 10.06 percent of the cap (about $8.3 million on an $82.5 million cap). Ryan Johansen’s eight-year deal with Nashville was at $8 million AAV and 10.67 percent of the cap ($8.8 million on an $82.5 million cap). Matt Duchene’s seven-year deal with the Predators was an $8 million AAV at 9.82 percent of the cap ($8.1 million on an $82.5 million cap).

That sets a pretty robust (and fair) precedent for Larkin, coming in somewhere between $8 million and $9 million on an eight-year deal. And if I were the Red Wings, I’d like to get that settled this summer.

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