Agent Pat Brisson cautions against reading too much into the fact the Dylan Larkin’ contract negotiations have stretched beyond the halfway mark of this season.
“I’m not alarmed at all,” Brisson told Detroit Hockey Now.
Brisson declined to discuss any specifics, but said the two sides are engaged in “ongoing negotiations and discussions.”
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“We are talking more the last few weeks,” Brisson said.
He said he doesn’t like to talk about whether the two sides in any negotiation are close, or not, because often you don’t really know until a deal is completed. He said he sometimes thinks he’s close and he’s not, and vice versa.
Brisson said he planned to talk at length with Larkin about the process at the NHL All-Star game in Sunrise, Florida on Feb. 3-4. Larkin is the Red Wings’ lone All-Star representative.
The Red Wings are not the only team trying to sign a top player a few months before he can become an unrestricted free agent. The Bruins are still trying to work out a deal with David Pastrnak. The Vancouver Canucks don’t have their captain Bo Horvat re-signed and they may trade him.
Larkin vs. Hintz vs. Barzal
Larkin, 26, is currently making $6.1 million this season and is headed for a significant raise. On Nov. 29, Dallas Stars center Roope Hintz received an eight-year deal worth $8.4 million per season. Hintz, 26, posted 37 goals last season and 72 points. It was his first 30-goal season. He has 19 goals and 45 points in 42 games this season.
Meanwhile, Larkin had 31 goals last season with 69 points. It was his second 30-plus goal season. This season, Larkin boasts 15 goals and 42 points in 45 games.
At the start of the season, Islanders center Mathew Barzal, 25, received an eight-year deal worth $9.15 million. He had 19 goals and 59 points last season. He’s never scored more than 22 goals in a season. This season, he owns 11 goals and 42 points in 49 games.
Larkin is one of 12 Detroit players who can become unrestricted free agent next summer. The list includes Tyler Bertuzzi, Jake Walman, Olli Maatta, Magnus Hellberg, Alex Nedeljkovic, Adam Erne, Oskar Sundqvist, Pius Suter, Jordan Oesterle, Robert Hagg and Mark Pysyk.