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Dylan Larkin confident in contract talks with Red Wings

Posted at 8:27 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 20:30:23-04

Dylan Larkin turned 22 at the end of July.

He'll soon be celebrating with a new, long-term contract from the Red Wings.

Larkin's entry-level deal is up, and negotiations on a deal believed to be for five or six years have been ongoing.

“You can’t sit by your phone all summer. You gotta still train and work out and have fun,” Larkin said on Thursday.

“I feel pretty confident that something will get done before training camp. No worries about it.”

Larkin helped lead the Red Wings annual youth camp at Little Caesars Arena, and has been busy since the team's season ended.

He played in the World Championships for Team USA, participated in the Eastside Elite League with fellow NHL players from the metro Detroit area, and has been organizing a tribute game to USA Hockey's Jim Johansson.

"Obviously it's getting into August, so a lot of talking and negotiating, but it's a bit of a process. The back and forth, and the thinking, it's a process," Larkin said.

The Waterford native didn't want to put a timetable on getting a deal done, nor did he confirm the expected long-term length. He did say a deal that would last five or six years would be "an honor" that he doesn't take lightly.

The Red Wings begin training camp in Traverse City in six weeks, on September 14.