Get Howard back to pre injury form and use him as trade bait.
Exactly. I'm hoping both our goalies have a great year, so we can trade Howard in the offseason. Get a cheap, veteran back up next summer and yay cap space! Or even at the trade deadline if there is a non playoff team in need of a goalie with a player we could really use.
Brent Seabrook is the one who comes straight to mind. Though, my gut says the Oilers are going to do pretty much anything it takes to get him - and lord knows they have some attractive pieces they can offer.
I think Chicago will do whatever it takes to keep him.
Top 6 go-to guy in Grand Rapids >>> Bottom 6 support guy in Detroit - (in regards to what is best for his development)
Develop this kid the right way, don't rush him like we did Jurco. I understand that there is a huge difference between Larkin and Jurco, but Jurco was also a year older than what Larkin will be going into camp this season. He wasn't ready and neither is Larkin in my opinion.
Let's see what he can do in the next few weeks, but even if he puts up a point per game, I still say he should start next season in the American League...
I'm as excited about this kid as anybody but I'd definitely prefer to see him spend a year down in Grand Rapids. We've been doing it (developing our prospects) right for so long, I don't want to stray from that. I do think he is our future top line center and I don't want to set him back in his development by rushing him to the bigs. People need to remember that he is still only 18 years old (will be 19 by training camp). It's not even that I don't believe he is physically ready, or that he is not skilled enough, for me, I want to make sure he is mentally ready, and I don't think many teenagers are. Let's just see what he can do over the next few weeks in the Calder Cup Playoffs before we anoint him and trade away our third line center... My prediction is he puts up a few points but doesn't dominate like many think he will. I'll say 5-7 points in 10-14 games... Either way, I was looking forward to Sunday nights game, this just adds to the excitement. Go Larkin! Go Griffins!
I say helm because his contract is up after next year, and he's going to get a nice pay day.
Plus as of right now he's the closest to Larkin I can think of....
If Larkin could come in and put up the same amount of points in his rookie season, I'd be happy.
Wait ... Does this mean he's gonna be a redwing next October? As much as I can't wait to see him play with detroit I think it might be best for him to spend at least one year in the ahl
Basically he will at least be in the AHL come fall. Hoping he makes the Wings roster though. He showed he can play important minutes against high end talent already. Would love to see him get a shot centering the third line.