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Devils re-sign Larsson: one year, $900K

Jun 30, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

The New Jersey Devils have re-upped with defenseman Adam Larsson on a one-year, $900,000 extension, per Swedish news outlet Expressen.

Larsson, the fourth overall pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, just wrapped his three-year, $2.775 million entry-level deal that carried an $925,000 annual cap hit. If the reported deal is true, it’s a slight haircut in terms of salary but a positive step in New Jersey keeping the young rearguard in North America.

Update: Confirmed, per NorthJersey.com…

Earlier this summer, rumors surfaced that Larsson might be considering a return play in Sweden after three rough years with the Devils. Though they were promptly shot down by both New Jersey and his representation, Larsson has been a disappointment since being the first blueliner off the board in ’11 — despite a promising rookie campaign in ’11-12, he’s fallen on hard times since and made just 26 appearances for the Devils last year, spending most of his time with AHL Albany.

Meanwhile, other blueliners taken after Larsson — Jonas Brodin, Dougie Hamilton — have shown steady signs of improvement during their time in the NHL and are now all virtual regulars with their respective teams.

Larsson should have a better chance of being with the Devils full-time next season, though. Anton Volchenkov won’t be back after his contract was amnestied, and it’s expected UFA rearguard Mark Fayne will draw major interest in free agency.

  1. thecheeman - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Does that mean he’s a UFA after this coming year???

    • hockey7515 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Nope. A player has to be in the league for 7 years or 27 years old.

      • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        Either way he is worth a lot more than a few draft picks…. We have been trying to develop him for the past few years and that would mean you would have to find another draft with his potential and start allllll over. If it came down to it, i would rather see him be traded along side of salvador or some one of that caliber for young offensive player like Eberle

  2. pfhockey - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Please Stevie Y. Please acquire Larsson with some the picks you’ve acquired. That’d be my one wish.

  3. lowenni - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    I admire the fact that he’s being loyal to the Devils and resigned with them despite a rough approach to everyday NHL participation, he could’ve tested his options. That being said, if things don’t change this season, or De Boer (who I actually somewhat like, but he has misdeveloped Larsson and mishandles his D) is still there, I would move on to new things. I expect that’s why he signed on for just one more year. Anyways, good luck to him, I still think he’ll be a real good blue liner once he finds his confidence.

    • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      He is a great player, he just lacks consistency like the rest of the team…. Zajac and henrique are another 2 that need to step up in that department DRASTICALLY. I too wish him luck and i think everybody in the organization along with all of the fan base would hate to see him go.

  4. 950003cups - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Larsson can’t be a UFA until he’s 27. It’s a stupid move my Lamoriello. I’m getting used to them now.

  5. 950003cups - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Been trying to tell you guys a whole. Lou has morphed in to a senile idiot. Can’t wait till that guy is gone.

    Larsson is hands down the best prospect the Devils have since Neidermayer. Loubis back to his “I’m holier than thou” attitude and gave the kid one year.

    Idiot!!

  6. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    1 of 3 things need to happen here…..

    1) NJ needs to play this kid more often so he can grow.

    2) Get rid of Deboer and hire Barry Trotz or another coach that would fit this system and let this kid flourish. ( I dont mind DeBoer but i see people saying its his fault larsson doesnt play blah blah blah”

    OR

    3) Trade Larsson with Salvador along with a 5th or 6th round pick to Edmonton for Jordan Eberle…. That would be a trade Edmonton would jump for. Both teams also would get what they need.

    I wouldnt want to get rid of larsson but if this organization is having a problem something needs to be done and I would hate to see him just walk off.

    • rsl22 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Trotz has a job.

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