Report: Red Wings, Larkin $1 million apart in negotiations

Will they get a deal done?



One of the major decisions that Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman has ahead of him is the future of current captain Dylan Larkin. The popular and long time Red Wings forward is a true example of a homegrown talent, a Michigan native who attended and played for the University of Michigan before being drafted by the Red Wings. 

He's in the final year of his current contract, and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer if the two sides aren't able to come to an agreement before then.

According toMLive beat writer Ansar Khan, the Red Wings and Larkin's camp are reportedly $1 million apart in their negotiations:

"The only way this stalemate will end is with Larkin putting his name to a new contract with the Red Wings. The only uncertainties are when and at what cost?

Yzerman and Larkin’s agent, Pat Brisson, have maintained good communication, talking regularly.

The sides have agreed on the maximum eight-year term. They remain apart on the average annual value. The Red Wings would like him at $8 million per season. Larkin’s camp is eying closer to $9 million."

Prior to this season starting, Larkin changed his professional representation, moving on from KO Sports, and is now being represented by Matt Williams, Brisson and CAA, who represent the likes of John Tavares, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Anze Kopitar.

Many have speculated that Larkin will be getting somewhere in the neighborhood of an AAV of $8.5 million, similar to the deals signed by New York Islanders forward Matt Barzal agreeing to an eight year, $73.2 million (AAV of $9.15 million) deal as well as Nashville Predators forward Flip Forsberg inking an eight year, $68 million (AAV of $8.5 million) deal. 

With 15 goals and 26 assists so far in 44 games played this season, Larkin is currently on pace for 75 points. This would mark a new career high, besting his previous high of 73 points in 2018-19. 

Source: MLive