Of course we will keep Larsson, he will be the next Nieds. Stevens is coaching him and he will be amazing in a year or two and the league will ignore him until he is ufa and he will be pure gold then. If he signs great, if he goes somewhere else, they might throw parades to welcome him.
Well now I'm not so sure. I get the vibe Larsson isn't an easy read and he certainly isn't cut from the same cloth as Stevens.
For me, Larsson may well be a lidstrom type player. Lidstrom appears on ice to have little passion - just perfection. Sight is normally cool and calculated, and while that sight is developing a guy may seem
distant, uninterested or just out of touch. It's really important to give Larsson some space. My usual worry is that a defenceman developing in the AHL gets stuck with an AHL mindset. He'll get the wrong feel for the game. The culture is different I feel - a lot could go the wrong direction - especially since the kid may be making a home, a space for himself here in the US. You want him making an NHL home not an AHL home. You want a guy - you expect a stellar player - to have more mental flex than that I realize, but just in case I like to have them in the NHL asap.
I'm just saying you all need to relax - normally distance breads clarity. We're just used to the FAR RARER instance where passion gets honed to a narrow arrowhead precision point. Stevens is the anomaly, not the norm. Stevens's kind of overt passion normally creates the Darien Hatchers or the Ken Daneykos not the Neidermayers or Lidstroms. It creates hysteria at worst and mistakes or bull in the china shop which has it's value powering through some tough stuff. Don't seek the passion is all I'm saying. Do not force or demand a display of overt passion. It's not your benchmark for this guy.
So now the thing is, how do you develop this guy - how do you read that determination? How do you read what's beneath the surface - if you can't read it how do you teach the guy how to channel it out to maximum effectiveness - maximum efficiency? How do you read a subdued yet immense passion? I’m terrible – horrifically impatient and demanding on that type of person. It’s one of my greatest flaws. In life I would take it personally and mistake for a lack of feeling. That’s just not the case though.
Larsson’s biggest tool will have to be his sight, not his size passion or all that.
So this post because I believe only in working with what we have. If Lou sees fit to get something new Like PK Subban – I’ll deal with that baggage when it arrives
‘Cause it probly aint any time soon!