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If Detroit Red Wings Captain Dylan Larkin wants to head to another team following the 2022-23 season, he will be able to do so as he is set to become an unrestricted free agent. But, according to Larkin, his game plan is to remain with the team that drafted him. On Thursday, Larkin was at the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game Media Day and he said he stands by what he has been saying all along.
Dylan Larkin wants to re-sign with the Red Wings
Whenever Larkin has been asked about his plans for the future, he has always been forthcoming about the fact that he would love to continue his career in Hockeytown. While talking to reporters at the All-Star Game, he reiterated that.
“I've said it all along and I stand by it, I really see myself as a Red Wing,” Larkin said at the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game Media Day on Thursday. “Contract negotiating … there's negotiating to be done, and that's really all I'll say about that. It's my first time in this position as a UFA, but I doubt contracts really ever go smoothly until they're done.”
Larkin sees two young Red Wings as eventual all-stars
Larkin may be the Red Wings' only representative in the 2023 NHL All-Star Game, but he believes Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider could soon be joining him.
“With the two young players, Lucas Raymond and ‘Mo' Seider coming in, it's really brought a light to myself and to our team and our fan base,” Larkin said. “Those guys are very important. In my position, I look at our prospects and who we've drafted. I'm very excited about some of the guys we've drafted and some of the guys we've developed through their young careers.”
Balancing being the Captain and the business side of things
Larkin is certainly in an interesting situation as he is the captain of the team, but is also in the midst of negotiating a long-term contract with the Red Wings.
“As the captain of the team, I don't take that role lightly,” Larkin said. “I take great pride in how I carry myself. There have been some very difficult days, difficult seasons. It's just nice to be able to play.
“I get so caught up in preparation and working hard to win hockey games. That's our focus. I want to play on a good team, and I think we have the guys in our room to win. That's what's been a blessing — being able to focus on that and let the other stuff take care of itself.”