Red Wings may entertain trading center Dylan Larkin; a name the Rangers should watch

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Nov 6, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) waits for the puck drop during face off in the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers held to their guns at the NHL Trade Deadline and made no moves. When asked, Jeff Gorton spoke very plainly. “We made a number of calls, took a number of calls, went through a number of scenarios, and it’s clear we have a plan in place,” he said. “Nothing that came along was going to add to what we wanted to do and was something we felt was going to help us, short term or long term.”

Rangers will shop for a center this offseason

There is no mystery, that the Rangers are planning on going after a big name this summer. Primarily a stud center to take the team to the next level of contention.

Another well known secret is that the Rangers covet and want Jack Eichel. The 24 year-old who played for David Quinn in college would be a perfect fit for the team. It remains to be seen if the Sabres will place him on the market. However, they were reported to be laying the groundwork at the trade deadline for this summer.

Should the Sabres opt to not trade him, although there’s already plenty of evidence they will, the Blueshirts will have other options. Some names expected to be shopped are Aleksander Barkov, Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and possibly Sidney Crosby.

Well you can add another name to that list.

Red Wings may entertain trading Dylan Larkin

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Will the Detroit Red Wings trade Dylan Larkin? Considering they just moved Anthony Mantha don’t put it past Steve Yzerman. According to Elliotte Friedman, he thinks they could possibly consider such a move based on where Yzerman feels the team is in its rebuild.

This is purely my opinion and not anything I’ve heard, but, coming out of the enormous Detroit/Washington deal, does anyone ask Steve Yzerman about Dylan Larkin? One of the reasons Anthony Mantha and Jakub Vrana were traded was due to frustration with their play (and, especially in Vrana’s case, his own consternation at the way he was being used). But another key factor is that the Red Wings feel their rebuild will take longer than originally predicted.

31 Thoughts

Larkin has two more seasons on his deal that comes with a $6.1 million AAV. The 24 year-old center has 22 points in 40 games this season. This needs to be taken with a grain salt considering the team he plays for doesn’t have a ton of high level talent. The kid did have 73 points in 76 games in the 2018-19 season.

Bottom line here is simple. If Dylan Larkin and Jack Eichel are both available this summer it is to the Rangers advantage. Jeff Gorton can actually pit the two teams against each other in driving down the package. As always, the market will dictate with the laws of supply and demand in full effect. If there aren’t too many buyers for a center and there’s that many available, Gorton is in the driver’s seat.


Get the latest on Jack Eichel’s injury here.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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