from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,
On Sept. 16, Larkin told Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman that his camp had been in contract discussions with Red Wings management during the off-season.
“I really don't see myself playing for another team,” he said. While unsure when a deal might get done, he felt talks were moving along.
The projected hike in the salary cap to between $87.5 million and $88 million for 2024-25, however, could affect Larkin's contract talks. On Oct. 4, The Athletic's Max Bultman suggested Mathew Barzal's recent contract extension with the New York Islanders ($9.15-million AAV) could factor into the cost of keeping Larkin in Detroit.
Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli made the bold prediction that Larkin will be traded before the March 3 trade deadline. He pointed out the Wings star carries a full no-trade clause this season, giving him control over potential destinations if he and the Wings fail to agree to a new deal.
Honestly? I like Edvinsson in Detroit. He may yet get sent down, but I think he proved he deserves a shot in preseason.
Larkin's not going anywhere. He's become this generation's version of Stevie Y. He'll never be as great as Yzerman but he's the heart and soul of the team. Besides, he wants to stay now that he's got a coach and a group of teammates who can take the Wings to the next level.
Bert, on the other hand, may very well get traded simply because of his age and injury history. If he's ever going to be traded, this season's trade deadline is when it would happen. I hope he stays, but I won't be shocked if he's gone by March.
With Soderblom and Berggren both kicking down the door to get to the big club, and Sunny and Fabbri (eventually) coming back, I can see a Bert trade well before TDL. Perron can take Bert's spot and play a similar role, and maybe put Bergs or Elmer right on the 2nd line/PP.
Almost copy/pasted OTC's name out of muscle memory...
Yeah, Steeb, I get it. This new setup is going to take some getting used to.
And your point about Fabbri and Sundqvist makes sense.Somebody is going to have to go. Right now, the biggest bang-for-the-buck involves trading Bert.
Right, I'm not picking on Bert, but who else from the top 9 do you move? Zadina? Bergs and Elmer are NHL ready right now. GR isn't a terrible place for them, but they should be playing with the big club sooner rather than later.
Larks isn't going anywhere, unless Stevie tries to lowball him (he won't), or Larks asks for an unreasonable deal (he won't).
Both sides may want to wait to see how he performs in the first part of the season, too.
Also, thanks for getting me sorted! Love the edit feature, btw.
Much like Larkin, I, too, don't see him playing anywhere other than Detroit.
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