3 players the Red Wings must target at the trade deadline after Dylan Larkin’s injury

The Detroit Red Wings received unfortunate news when they found out star forward Dylan Larkin would miss some time, but not all hope is lost in the Motor City.

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Losing a dynamic player like Dylan Larkin will hurt the Detroit Red Wings, but luckily, he will return at some point during the playoff race. However, this may not bode well for Detroit over the next two weeks, as they have a brutal slate of games coming up that includes one tonight against the Colorado Avalanche and another against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Detroit has a pair of contests coming up with the Arizona Coyotes, who despite their unfortunate collapse, are capable of playing like contenders when they’re hot. The Buffalo Sabres aren’t going anywhere this year, but they have also been playing better hockey lately, and teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders can be deceptive. 

That said, Detroit will miss Larkin if general manager Steve Yzerman does nothing between now and the trade deadline to give the Red Wings a stopgap in the short term and a sound addition following Larkin’s eventual return. 

Red Wings must add another forward following Dylan Larkin’s injury

Through 55 games this season, Larkin leads the Red Wings in scoring with 54 points, and he also scored the most goals with 26. He has also been impressive on the man advantage, with 21 points and 10 goals, and Larkin also performs well at the faceoff dot. 

While there is no way the Red Wings can adequately replace a valuable asset like Larkin, even in the short term, there are forwards who will at least ease the potential pain in Larkin’s absence. When he returns, that same forward could become a strong depth scorer or passer, which would make a good situation in Detroit even more ideal when the stakes are at their highest. 

So, which three forwards should Yzerman target at the trade deadline to fill a monster gap that Larkin has left behind for the next couple of weeks? Here are three players who could immediately step in and play an admirable game. 


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