My opinion: It is time.
It is almost universally accepted that Larkin will eventually wear the C. The question in the past has been readiness. His youth may have a small bit to do with things, but more important, I think, was trying to avoid giving him too much too soon. And I think the Wings leadership did the right thing in easing him into team leadership while lowering the chances of his play suffering from having too much responsibility. Far better to give him the A for home game
Looking over at the roster, and considering things like skill level, tenure, and long term viability, I'd have to agree that Larkin seems the obvious choice.
Of course, guys like Abdelkader may have some say in the locker room and someone else's opinions like Mike Green, Danny DeKeyser, and even Valteri Filppula may hold some weight, but none of those guys check all the boxes like Larkin seems to.
So yea, if Larkin feels he is ready for "The Mantle", I am sure Steve Yzerman would love to p
The way that I see it we had the options of:
A veteran like Abdelkader or Green
IMHO this is a no brainer, the teams point leader who plays in all situations with a fire in his belly, leads by example on the ice, great choice to lead the team. Surprised it took this long.