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Old 08-10-2018, 09:43 AM   #1
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Icon28 Wings sign Larkin to 5 year contract ($6.1M AAV)

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Dylan Larkin's five-year extension with #redwings carries a $6.1M AAV.

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More details on Dylan Larkin contract. Breakdown by year:

18-19: $1 million signing bonus. $5.75 million base
19-20: $7 million base
20-21: $4.75 million
21-22: $6.75 million
22-23: $5.25 million (no-trade clause)
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:46 AM   #2
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Did they only buy 1 year of UFA?

Also it sure seems like I can give up on Tkachuk signing for less than Monahan on an 8 year deal.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:48 AM   #3
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They really had no choice here.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:51 AM   #4
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Yeah the Wings only bought 1 year of UFA.

Also looks like Zetterberg is very questionable this season:

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Old 08-10-2018, 09:53 AM   #5
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Pretty brutal should have gone bridge deal.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:54 AM   #6
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I thought the league asked teams to stop lockout proofing contracts? I guess it's at least less obvious...
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:56 AM   #7
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Also I wonder how full the NTC is in year 5. This reeks of a Stamkos/Tavares deal.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:04 AM   #8
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5 year feels kinda awkward to me. Too long to be a bridge. Too short to save money long-term. Good player though. He will probably lead the Wings in scoring this year
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:22 AM   #9
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I thought the league asked teams to stop lockout proofing contracts? I guess it's at least less obvious...
I think the big problem the league had was with signing bonuses in the potential lockout year(s).
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:49 AM   #10
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I think the big problem the league had was with signing bonuses in the potential lockout year(s).
Well they lose a lot of their leverage in negotiations if players are already paid in full for the season
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:23 AM   #11
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This contract is puzzling. The Wings are rebuilding. So why shorten it to save money? Better to pay a little more to get another year or 2, no?
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:29 AM   #12
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This contract is puzzling. The Wings are rebuilding. So why shorten it to save money? Better to pay a little more to get another year or 2, no?
Maybe Larkin just doesn't want to stay that long. Could be a lot of different reasons.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:40 PM   #13
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Larkin's a beast. Lead the team in scoring while playing with two 30 point players on his wing. I'm sure the Wings wanted to sign him to an 8 year contract but having him locked up at that cap hit for half a decade is great value.
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:57 PM   #14
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This contract is puzzling. The Wings are rebuilding. So why shorten it to save money? Better to pay a little more to get another year or 2, no?
You are correct, but Larkin obviously wanted to become a UFA at a time when it benefits him greatly. For the Wings to add a few years to the deal is not just adding $18M or so to the deal, as adding two years really affects the age that Larkin becomes a UFA which could cost him 10's of millions of dollars.

In some respect, Johnny did the same.

When (or I guess if) he becomes a UFA, he'll be young enough to have very good leverage to get as maximum deal. if he was 2 years older, it would have affected his negotiating power.

Players are signing deals that don't cover many of their UFA years when they are younger, unless a team really overpays a lot.

The Wings really had no choice here.
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