Red Wings sign Dylan Larkin to 8-year, $69.6M deal Kings trade Quick to Blue Jackets for Gavrikov, Korpisalo Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild Rangers acquire star winger Patrick Kane from Blackhawks Rangers’ K’Andre Miller suspended 3 games for spitting
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings sign center Dylan Larkin to an eight-year, $69.6 million contract, looking to see their captain as a key player in the next phase of their recovery plan.
The Red Wings announced the deal on Wednesday, two days before the NHL trade deadline.
Larkin’s new contract will bring him an average of $8.7 million a year.
Also on Wednesday, the Red Wings acquired a conditional first-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick from Vancouver for quarterback. Philip Chronek and the fourth round in 2023. First round player – Islanders pick after trade for Bo Horvathwhich is in the top 12 protected.
The Red Wings have lost three games in a row after consecutive losses to the Ottawa Senators earlier this week and are trying to end a long playoff drought. On Wednesday, they trail Pittsburgh by five points and sit second in the Eastern Conference.
The Red Wings, who haven’t made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season, will try to make up for it by hosting the Seattle Craken on Thursday night.
Larkin, a three-time NHL All-Star, leads the Red Wings with 22 goals and 57 points in 59 games this season. The 26-year-old has 169 goals and 415 points since his NHL debut in Detroit in 2015-16.
Larkin of Waterford became the first Michigan native to captain the Red Wings when he was given the honor two years ago.
Detroit drafted a product of the University of Michigan with the 15th overall pick in 2014, and he gave the franchise a reliable, two-way player during a string of lackluster seasons that followed his streak of 25 consecutive postseason games.
Detroit signed a quarterback on Tuesday Jake Wolman to a three-year, $10.2 million contract.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have achieved their goal by adding a quality guard closer to the trade deadline. It cost a lot.
Kings sign defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov and goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. In return, Los Angeles sent a two-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender. Jonathan Quicka conditional first-round pick in 2023 and a third-round pick in 2024.
“The team’s results over the past month have put us in the position we felt as the staff we needed to go out and meet the needs we had identified earlier to help this team continue to push towards the playoffs.” – Vice President & General Kings manager Rob. Blake said during a conference call on Wednesday.
Los Angeles is tied with Vegas for the most points in the Pacific Division with 76. Last season, the Kings made the playoffs for the first time since 2018, but lost to Edmonton in seven games in the first round. They have not won a series of post-season games since winning the Cup in 2014.
As expected, the first round hinges on the Kings making the playoffs. If they don’t, Columbus, with 46 points in the league, will receive a second-round pick from Los Angeles in each of the next two drafts in a trade completed late Tuesday and announced Wednesday.
Quick found out about the trade in a phone call from Blake after a 6-5 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Blake was not with the team during the five-game trip.
“There was shock and disappointment,” Blake said. “The environment was not ideal because of the timing. It was not an easy decision and I will reiterate how important he (Quick) is to the franchise and the organization.”
Blake added that he spoke with the captain Anze Kopitar and protector Drew Doughty after his call with Quick to let them know what happened.
Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated that they tried to achieve a delay with Gavrikov, but could not agree. Korpisalo was also in the final season of his contract.
“They’re both looking forward to getting unrestricted free agents and now that we’re in our process and into the season, we felt it was a necessary step for our future,” Kekalainen said.
Quick supported the Kings for cup titles in 2012 and 2014. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2012, recording three shutouts in 20 starts. He also allowed only seven goals in a six-game final victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Quick is in the final season of a 10-year, $58 million contract but has been replaced by Phoenix Copley as the Kings’ No. 1 goaltender. It’s unclear whether Columbus Quick will keep or trade him to an opponent before Friday’s trade deadline.
Quick, 37, has started three of the last six games. Last Friday, he made 16 saves in a 3-2 win against the New York Islanders for his 370th career win, passing Tom Barrasso for the third-most American-born goaltender in NHL history.
He is 11-13-4 on the season with a 3.50 goal average, .876 shooting percentage and one strikeout.
Quick — drafted by the Kings in the third round in 2005 — also holds the record for most goaltenders in games played (743) and strikeouts (57).
Gavrikov and Korpisalo are expected to arrive in Los Angeles ahead of Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Quick remains in LA as there is a possibility he will be transferred again before the exchange deadline on Friday.
Gavrikov has three goals and seven assists in 52 games, but has not played since February 11. He was expected to move to the Boston Bruins last week before the deal fell through.
Gavrikov was among the Columbus leaders in terms of ice time. He’s also a left-handed shooter and a great penalty shooter, two areas where the Kings were lacking.
“I think he fits the mold of a bigger player who defends very well, can play many minutes, can score penalties and check the best players,” Blake said.
Korpisalo has won three of his last four starts and also posted a .921 shooting percentage. He made nine appearances for the Blue Jackets in the 2020 playoffs.
Copley has been 18-4-2 since his December 6 debut. Andrey Vasilevsky the most in that period, but Copley’s .899 save percentage ranks 24th out of 31 goaltenders who have played 18 games or more in the past three-plus months.
Korpisalo’s .915 slugging percentage since the start of December ranks 11th. His overall record this season is 11-11-3 with an average of 3.17 goals against a .913 shooting percentage.
After the exchange of Kwik, Kopitar and Doughty remained the only players from the teams that won the Kings Cup.
CHICAGO. After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks situation has been exacerbated by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline.
The show is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is far behind it.
Echoes of Chicago’s decision to trade Patrick Kane The New York Rangers felt almost immediately, as the Blackhawks lost 4-1 to the Arizona on Tuesday night. And there will be more shockwaves Thursday night when they host Dallas in the franchise’s first home game since the deal.
“We knew it was going to happen, but still, when you see it’s actually true, it’s pretty crazy.” – Blackhawks forward Philip Kurashev said. “I never thought he would play for another team, but that’s the way it was.”
Kane, the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, spent his entire career with Chicago, winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. a fashionable issue, he still delivered blasts of flamboyant play that delighted loyal audiences at the United Center.
But the Blackhawks (21-34-5) are failing, hoping for a lucky ping-pong bounce and a chance to take Connor Bedard with the first pick in the draft. And Kane is in the last year of his contract.
General manager Kyle Davidson said Kane has been dependent on what he wants to do all this time, and he decided last week that he would waive the no-move clause in exchange for New York.
Davidson had no leverage with New York general manager Chris Drury, and the best part of Tuesday’s three-team deal for Chicago was a conditional second-round pick in 2023 and a fourth-round pick in 2025. The conditional choice becomes the first choice. -earlier if the Rangers advance in this year’s Eastern Finals.
“If you look at it from a purely hockey point of view and from an asset return perspective, it probably doesn’t work,” Davidson said. “But given the circumstances and the situation, I think we got where we wanted to go and that put Patrick in the team he wanted to go to. That’s the main goal here, we’re hoping to get some assets for the future, which we feel we’ve done, but basically it’s a payback to a player who has done so much for the franchise.”
The Blackhawks also traded a guard. Jack Johnson in Colorado on Sunday and put forward Sam Lafferty and protector Jake McCabe in Toronto on Monday. Max Domiwho leads the team with 18 goals and 31 assists, as well as a striker Andreas Athanasiou may also be on track before Friday’s deadline.
Trading means Kane Jonathan Toews This is the team’s last link in the last three Stanley Cup victories, and it’s unclear when the captain will be able to play again. Toews, who also has a year of his contract expiring, announced last month that he was dealing with symptoms of long-term COVID-19 and chronic immune response syndrome.
With all moves, the Blackhawks have two first-round picks in each of the next three drafts. They have four second-rounders this year after picking three first-rounders in the 2022 draft.
But it could be years before any of those prospects make it to the NHL, and Chicago has 22 games left in the season – all without Kane.
“We will never be one player that will come in and do what Patrick Kane can do, whether it’s on-ice skills or just leadership and presence in the gym,” freshman coach Luke Richardson said. “I think we should do it through a committee…