Niyo: Red Wings' Larkin 'hungrier than I've ever been' to be tapped captain
He wore the losses about as well anyone could expect in a season that threatened to make history for all the wrong reasons.
So now it’s time to see how Dylan Larkin wears the captain’s ‘C’ in Detroit, where living up to history is part of the job description.
I realize that’s probably way down the offseason list of priorities for general manager Steve Yzerman and head coach Jeff Blashill, who’ll return for a sixth season behind the Red Wings’ bench. But in the absence of any real hockey here for several months to come, it’s one that was top of mind this week as the team and its leadership talked about what went wrong this past season — it was a long conversation, obviously — and where they’ll go from here.
Yzerman said last spring when he took over as GM that he wanted to take some time to observe every aspect of the organization, rather than making quick assessments or rash decisions in the early stages of a full-scale rebuilding effort.
That included the title he once held as the longest-serving team captain in NHL history, which is why the Red Wings opted to spend another year without one following Henrik Zetterberg’s retirement prior to the 2018-19 season. Instead, the team opted for alternate captains again, with Larkin and Justin Abdelkader continuing as full-timers in that role and Frans Nielsen sharing the duties with Luke Glendening.
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