Dylan Larkin is getting himself a new linemate.
Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman wasn’t the only member of the team closing a major transaction during the NHL entry draft.
Yzerman acquired goalie Ville Husso from the St. Louis Blues, along with nine new prospects through the draft. Red Wings captain Larkin was adding a life partner.
Through his Instagram account, Larkin was announcing his engagement to longtime girlfriend Kenzy Wolfe.
“Dream girl, dream night,” Larkin posted. “Can’t wait to marry you @kenzywolfe.”
The photograph, taken on a dock by a lake, features Larkin in the traditional bended knee pose in front of his betrothed, while Wolfe reacts in an apparent combination of shock and delight. There’s also a perfectly-timed photo bomb from Ellie, the bernedoodle the couple adopted in 2020.
WEDDING BELL SZN FOR THE CAPTAIN pic.twitter.com/0nZGMbdiIS
— sasha (formerly formerly the nordiques) (@goalietaps) July 9, 2022
Among those offering congratulations to the couple in the messages underneath the post was his former Red Wings teammate Justin Abdelkader. Love apparently does conquer all. It even got a Michigan State Spartan (Abdelkader) to offer well wishes to a Michigan Wolverine (Larkin).
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski, Larkin’s college roommate at Michigan, also sent along a like of the photo.
Larkin, Wolfe In Longtime Relationship
Larkin and Wolfe have been a couple since 2017. Both are very protective of their private lives and that evidently led to erroneous reports earlier this year that the two had broken up. This news drop was the creation of the sudden deletion of several posts from Wolfe’s Instagram account of photos of the two. This was more likely driven by their shared desire for privacy than any angst between the couple.
Expectations are that Larkin will soon be making another long-term commitment, likely before the conclusion of summer. Entering into the final year of his contract with the Red Wings, Larkin and the club should be announcing a new long-term pact. This deal is likely to be paying him in the $8-9 million per season range. The Detroit captain recently was making the decision to be changing agents for these negotations.
When it comes to contract negotations, Yzerman treasures privacy as much as Larkin does in his personal life. The GM was loathe to discuss the contract talks when asked about it last week.
“I have no desire and will not have any updates on contract negotiations on any of our players,” Yzerman responded.