The Detroit Red Wings re-sign Dylan Larkin to a Five Year Deal

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: Dylan Larkin
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: Dylan Larkin /
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The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed their future captain, Dylan Larkin to a five-year extension worth a total of 30.5 million dollars.

The Detroit Red Wings final big offseason domino finally fell into place; inking Dylan Larkin to a five-year extension worth an average annual salary of 6.1 million per season.

Detroit is committed to their number one center for the long-term moving forward.  It’s good news in Motown for a Friday afternoon.

Hoping to prove that last season was no fluke, Larkin; Detroit hopes will remain their most consistent franchise player now & in the future.

After producing a bounce-back campaign last year, Larkin will look to build on that success and limit the “valleys” in his play.  Larkin lead the Detroit Red Wings in points last season recording 16 goals and 47 helpers to total 63 points.

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Look for Dylan Larkin to eclipse the 20 goal mark this up and coming season, as he grows into a well rounded professional.  It wouldn’t be too much to expect Larkin to be a 20 goal, 50 assists, 70 point player on a regular basis moving forward.

Per Ansar Khan of Mlive.com;

"“I need to be better on the power play (one goal, seven assists last season),” Larkin said. “I know we went through at different times where the power play was hot or really cold. We need to be more consistent and I need to do a better job of getting shots through and I also want to be better in overtime. With my skating ability I think I should be able to dictate the pace of overtime. It’s a time where you know we need to be better as a group.”"

Dylan Larkin often relied upon last season, much more than any of his previous professional years to date.  Look for that trust from the coaching staff to continue to grow, Dylan Larkin the clear number one center on the Red Wings will be on the ice for all of the critical situations next season.

The future captain of the Detroit Red Wings may be asked to shoulder more of a leadership role if current captain Henrik Zetterberg is unable to continue his Red Wings career.  I wouldn’t expect the Detroit Red Wings to name a captain immediately if Hank was unable to play, but Larkin would be expected to fill a more substantial “leadership” void in the locker room quickly.

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Not only did Larkin lead all Red Wings in points he also led the forwards in total ice-time.  Larkin will anchor Detroit’s top line, top power-play along with continuing to kill penalties. Ken Holland has signed Larkin to an excellent deal for both player and franchise.