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In Red Wings Land

What We Learned: Dylan Larkin got how much? | Yahoo!

Not that anyone needed to be told Detroit was a mess, and not that this contract even pushes them into a worse situation. He’s a perfectly good player with room to grow, but if you’ve worked yourself into a corner where Larkin is a $6.1 million player for you, that says a lot more about the people who are still, inexplicably allowed to run this franchise.

Put another way: You don’t have to pay non-franchise players like they’re almost franchise players just because you don’t have anyone better than that. Unless you’re the Red Wings, I guess.

I feel like most Red Wings’ fans were happy with Dylan Larkin’s new contract, but a lot of outsiders didn’t think it was all that great.

Whether you liked the deal or not, is Larkin really a franchise player?

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