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Playing Within Themselves And Signing Larkin And Bertuzzi

10/29/2022 at 6:16am EDT

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Over the last four games, the Red Wings have surrendered 20 goals and their formula for failure was all too familiar.

The power play was ineffctive. The penalty killing was abysmal. Pucks kept finding a path into the Detroit net.

A former hockey coach used to like to say when his team’s play went south that they’d forgotten what made them famous.

In a sense, that’s exactly what defenseman Olli Maatta sees happening to the Red Wings right now.

“I think the Jersey game we got away from our identity,” Maatta explained. “I think we turned over way too many pucks. We played east west a lot and didn’t get pucks deep and play that fast-paced hockey.

“We wanted to make a couple too many plays and then it just turned into kind of a sloppy game and it showed.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

November is right around the corner, and the Detroit Red Wings are well underway, with several narratives already emerging. One key one playing out off the ice centers on two players who are in the last year of their contracts: Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi.

Larkin, 26, figures to get the biggest contract Steve Yzerman will author since being named general manager of the Wings in April 2019. Eight years seems a given for the homegrown draft pick named captain by Yzerman in January 2021, but the salary is what has held up an agreement. Larkin's camp can use the eight-year, $73.2 million contract that 25-year-old Mathew Barzal inked in early October as a comparable. Barzal, the No. 16 pick in 2015, has put up 318 points in 369 games with an Islanders team that has made the playoffs in three of his five seasons and advanced to the conference finals twice. Larkin, the No. 15 pick in 2014, has 366 points in 510 games for a team that has been rebuilding since his arrival.

Barzal's cap number is $9.15 million. That's higher than the Wings want to go — they want Larkin around $8 million. He's a good player, an extremely hard worker, and does everything possible to be a good leader, and he is a key part of the rebuild. But Yzerman also has a big-picture budget to worry about, and in another year, Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond will be looking for extensions — and Seider, the 2022 Calder Trophy winner — especially will command a bundle. (Cale Makar, Zach Werenski and Charlie McAvoy command $9 million a year and upwards, to take three examples of elite defensemen in their early 20s who signed long-term deals.)

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exor54

Tonight's lineup should be interesting.

KaszyckiandhisKrew

The only Wings game I have watched more than 20 mins of was that New Jersey game (on Oct 25 - did not see the first game between the teams at all)  Jersey is playing good now.  They looked like world beaters vs. the Isles at UBS, and in shutting out the Avs last night from what i hear.  

It's a long season, and all teams hit rough patches.  Good luck tonight.  

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