Red Wings re-sign Larkin to 5-year contract

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland did little to calm concerns about captain Henrik Zetterberg's 2018-19 playing status on Friday. "He's a bit of an unknown as far as health". Zetterberg's back problems have been well document since 2014 when he missed the end of the season after undergoing surgery. "He earns respect because he plays hard and loves the game".

"I have talked to his agent a number of times over the course of the summer and I know he's had a tough summer", Holland said.

To make matters worse, Zetterberg hasn't been able to get his body right in the offseason. Holland said Zetterberg told coach Jeff Blashill in January or February that he shouldn't practice and only play in games. "He hasn't been able to train anywhere close to what he's been able to train in past summers right now due to his back". "The biggest thing with Henrik is, how healthy is Henrik?" I think he's our best player on our team.

The parameters of what a new contract for Dylan Larkin and the Red Wings might look like were first discussed in May.

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"I know that he's played through a lot of pain through his career", Larkin said Friday. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 2008. He turns 38 in October.

Red Wings training camp starts September 14.

"I'm hoping he's gonna play, and if he's gonna play then we're probably going be somewhere in the neighborhood of about $1 million (over the cap), give or take, depending on which players make the team", Holland said.

The 37-year-old posted 11 goals and 56 points last season and remains signed for three more seasons at a $6.08 million cap hit, though his salary sits at $3.35 million this year and $1 million in each of the following two seasons.

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