Dylan Larkin talks contract turkey from Power Edge Pro camp

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin is attending the Power Edge Pro camp in Toronto this week, and Larkin spoke with Sportsnet’s Luke Fox regarding his contract status:

“Something’s coming,” Larkin promised Tuesday afternoon, following an intense skills-training session alongside Connor McDavid and other NHLers at the Power Edge Pro camp in Toronto.

“I’ve told everyone I think it’ll be before training camp. It’s right there. I’m just waiting to iron out the details.”

The 22-year-old Larkin made a smooth shift from wing to centre last season, leading all teammates in scoring (63 points) while embracing a penalty-killing role and improving his defensive game. With captain Henrik Zetterberg turning 38 in early October and back issues putting the long-serving star’s availability in doubt, Larkin is the undisputed franchise centre of the present and future.

GM Ken Holland would prefer to lock Larkin up for the next five or six seasons, but he’s under a salary-cap crunch.

“That’s a pretty good honour — they’re showing a long-term commitment to you — but there are different offers out there, whether it’s a short-term bridge deal or a long-term deal,” Larkin said.

“Now we’re just trying to figure out what’s going to be best for both our futures.”


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