Larkin signed a five-year contract extension with the Red Wings on Friday. Craig Custance of The Athletic Detroit reports the deal is valued at $6.1 million annually. There was never any doubt that Larkin would re-up with his hometown team, as the speedster is expected to inherit the captaincy from Henrik Zetterberg (back) once the Wings legend hangs up his skates for good. Larkin has posted 140 points (56 goals, 84 assists) over 242 career contests at the highest level. He should have no problem once again unleashing 200-plus shots over a full season, lining up down the middle with a newfound sense of how to best harness his speed to the benefit of his linemates.
Larkin remains unsigned as a restricted free agent, but the Red Wings are not worried about their ability to re-sign the speedy forward, MLive.com reports. Larkin is said to be seeking a six-year contract extension worth approximately $36 million, and while he's the last one that GM Ken Holland needs to get back on the books ahead of the 2018-19 season, neither side seems concerned that a new deal isn't yet in place. "It's heading in the right direction for sure," Larkin said. "I think it'll be soon." While the pivot experienced the dreaded sophomore slump in 2016-17, the Michigan native more than made up for it last season, pouring on 16 goals and a career-high 47 assists over 82 games. It's rare that a player with only three years of NHL experience would earn a long-term deal, but Larkin is a natural leader who wants to be with the Wings for the long haul.
Larkin is the final Red Wings forward to be re-signed ahead of the 2017-18 season, The Detroit News reports, adding that the speedy pivot could net a five-year deal. The Wings extended Anthony Mantha's contract for two years and $6.6 million Wednesday, and while he's certainly an important part of Detroit's rebuild, it appears that GM Ken Holland is saving the biggest signing for last. Currently, the team only has $2.87 million in available cap space -- according to CapFriendly -- but Johan Franzen (concussion) assuredly will remain on long-term injured reserve, and there's even speculation that team captain Henrik Zetterberg (back) could sit out for the entire season to join Franzen on LTIR. Larkin, who has emerged as a leader of this proud franchise, registered a career-high 47 assists and 63 points last season. All signs point to him inheriting the captaincy when Zetterberg's ready to retire.
Larkin has chipped in two goals on nine shots through three games for Team USA as part of the 2018 World Championship. Larkin and Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson are the only Americans to have scored twice in the international tournament so far. However, the former has cooled off since striking twice against Team Canada in a thrilling shootout win in the opening contest. Larkin will look to get back on track against Latvia on Thursday.
Larkin will play for Team USA in the 2018 World Championship in Denmark next month, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Larkin's Red Wings teammate Frans Nielsen -- a Danish pivot -- reportedly will join the international tournament as well. Last season, Sweden took home its 10th title with Toronto's William Nylander named MVP.
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