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The Price To Retain Dylan Larkin

03/01/2023 at 12:11pm EST


DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed right wing Alexandre Doucet to a three-year entry-level contract.
Doucet, 21, has skated in 58 games between the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Val d’Or Foreurs and Halifax Mooseheads this season, ranking among the league leaders with 45 goals (1st), 44 assists (T11th), 89 points (4th), 11 power play goals (T6th), eight shorthanded goals (1st) and a 26.9 shooting percentage (1st). The 6-foot, 187-pound forward has recorded 36 points (18-18-36), a plus-21 rating, 12 penalty minutes, four power play goals, one shorthanded goal and a 25.7 shooting percentage in 24 games since being acquired by Halifax from Val d'Or on Dec. 21. He established a career-high 14-game point streak from Dec. 11-Jan. 21, racking up 27 points (10-17-27) in that span. In total, Doucet has accumulated 221 points (95-126-221), a plus-35 rating, 78 penalty minutes and a 20.4 shooting percentage in 228 games with Val D’Or and Halifax since 2018-19. The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native has also registered 11 points (4-7-11), a plus-nine rating and 20 penalty minutes in 19 postseason contests with Val d’Or, helping the club reach the 2021 President Cup Final.
Prior to his major junior career, Doucet tallied 56 points (29-27-56), a plus-44 rating and 20 penalty minutes in 39 games with the Magog Cantonniers of the Quebec Midget AAA League from 2017-19, along with 27 points (24-3-27) in 27 postseason appearances. He led Magog to the QMAAA championship in 2019 after posting 23 points (21-2-23) in 15 playoff games. Doucet also collected 39 points (19-20-39) in 31 games at the under-17 level with the Triolet Harfangs Midget Esploir team from 2016-18. He logged 24 points (10-14-24) in 29 games with the Triolet Harfangs Bantam AAA team in 2016-17, and 49 points (27-22-49) in 31 games with the Triolet Harfangs Bantam AA squad during the 2015-16 campaign.


Sorry for the posting delay today.  I could not fall asleep, finally at 5am I hit the lazyboy and was out like a light.  Woke up at 1130am, Whew.


from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

If you think you’re confused by the consecutive dismal performances the Detroit Red Wings were turning in at Ottawa the last two days, imagine how puzzled Detroit GM Steve Yzerman must be.

With the NHL trade deadline just three days away, he’s still not certain whether he’s a buyer or a seller.

After the Ottawa shenanigans turned in by his team, Yzerman just might be leaning toward the latter objective.

Back-to-back games in Canada’s capital on successive days were going to be statment games for the Red Wings and their pursuit of a place in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

A statement was certainly made. It’s that this team isn’t ready for prime time.



With the NHL trade deadline just three days away, he’s still not certain whether he’s a buyer or a seller

Ummm what? If he watched what I watched, he knows he made a mistake by not selling when the prices were high last week. 


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have lost three in a row in regulation, including a pair in Ottawa by a combined score of 12-3. The ugly performances against the Senators were a sharp contrast to how well the Red Wings had been playing during a 7-1 run prior to this skid.

Coach Derek Lalonde maintained perspective following Tuesday’s 6-1 loss at Canadian Tire Centre.

“I give the guys a little credit in the fact that about 11 games ago, they put a number on what it would take to get us back in (the playoffs race); it was 9-3,” Lalonde told Bally Sports Detroit. “If we get Thursday (at home vs. Seattle), we’re 8-4, just one off that.

“Of course, a missed opportunity, especially with the way we’ve been playing of late, where we were in the standings. But it goes back to what got us into this race. We just need to take care of our game and that’s something we did not do these past 48 hours.”

Defensive breakdowns and poor special teams were their undoing in Ottawa.

The Red Wings went 1 for 12 on the power play in the two games (8.3 percent); after going 9 for 31 in their previous nine (29 percent). The Senators went 4 for 12 on the man-advantage (33 percent), after Detroit’s previous nine opponents went 3 for 24 (12.5 percent).

“I just think special teams on the whole, unfortunately it deflated us,” Lalonde said. “We went 0 for 8 (on the power play Monday) and we lost momentum off it. It just took us off our game. Five-on-five game OK, but again, lost special teams and gave them easy offense. It’s something we haven’t done all year, the breakaways, the odd-mans. We’ve taken a lot of pride in that as a group, and we’ve gotten away from that probably over the last two games.”



I don't think Larkin would fetch 7years x $9mil on the open market. Detroit fans love him, and rightly so, but not that many people outside of Wings Nation have strong feelings about him. I think Stevie knows that, too, and will play chicken with him like he did with Stamkos, if Larks keeps holding out for that much.


probably correct.  However he is important to the team and franchise as a player and captain, and I don’t think tanking any deal for 500K a year is wise.  SY certainly has his idea, don’t know if it coincides with mine.


Larkin has faded a bit here, I know its only been a few games, but we got overly excited for a few games as well including the ASG. 

I kinda want  Stevie to stick to his number, and not set precedence of paying UFA money to existing players, setup the culture of hometown discounts for those who want to be part of what is being built.

Larkin likely doesn't get a max deal with a team on the rise or contending, maybe he gets one from some longer term rebuild if that's what he wants to be part of his entire career both here and his next stop, instead of being part of the arc up as the Captain of his home town team and what that might mean for him in this town long term.  There's value in the cache of being captain of the Wings for his career here, if he leaves, never having won, never having played a playoff game, Seider will take his C and he'll be just another guy that played here.

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