Red Wings extend Larkin eight years, $69M

The Detroit Red Wings plan to keep their captain around for a while.

The NHL club has agreed on a contract extension with forward Dylan Larkin, for eight years and worth a total of $69.6-million.

Larkin’s representatives have been negotiating a contract with Detroit for much of the season, with unrestricted free agency looming after this season is up. Now that there is an extension, the 26-year-old Larkin will remain in a winged-wheel uniform through the 2030-2031 NHL season.

The native of Waterford, Michigan, played college hockey at the University of Michigan. He was the Wings’ 15th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, signing with the organization the following year.

Through Tuesday evening, Larkin had 22 goals on the season for 57 points. Career-wise, he has 169 goals for 415 total points, plus one goal in five Stanley Cup playoff games.

The Red Wings are on an upswing this season with first-year head coach Derek Lalonde with 64 points, five out of the final Eastern Conference wildcard spot.