While I donot love some of the things PDB does, this falls in LL IMHO, the Larsson thing has me so pissed off I cannot put my true feleing in writing! If you were Larsson would you ever sign longterm w/ a team that burries you in the AHL when you are better then 4 or 5 of the D men with th big club?? makes no sense to me!!
LL will always be an Icon w/ Devils fans, but this game has clearly passed him by, the lack of speed on this team has really caught up, game after game i watch wingers fly up and down the ice as Devil players struggle to keep up.
Are there any can't miss prospects in Albany>???
Larsson will not leave the Devils out of spite. The Devils control his NHL rights for the next four years I believe. Even at an NHL minimum, he'll be making more money here than in Sweden, and I don't see a KHL team offering him a ton of money, and that assumes he has any interest in playing in Russia. And if he really felt spited, he would have demanded a trade like Nino Niedereitter did. If he played every game this year, the ultimate results in the standings, and other measureables like goals/shots against/for would not be significantly different one way or the other, except, perhaps if he were replacing someone like Salvador or Volchenkov, but, it's an unrealistic expectation anyway.
Where it might matter is stunting his development. None of us really knows whether that's the case one way or the other. However, what it could very well do is mess up the timing on a long term deal such that he'll end up going to unrestricted free agency at the earliest possible time, and when he's quite young. Of course, the new CBA gives the Devils a big advantage in retaining him, so if he turns out to be the elite defenseman that people hope that he'll be, he'll either be traded for a very good return, or re-signed.
Of course, it might be the case that our expectations were too high in the first place, and that he'll be a good, but not great player, like Karl Alzner, who was a fifth overall pick. This is probably the most likely scenario. Despite popular misconceptions, DeBoer does not have some animus against younger players. If he did, Merrill would be a regular scratch, and Henrique would not been playing with Parise and Kovalchuk in his rookie season. Lou also would not want Larsson languishing in the AHL for Merrill, Gelinas or perhaps even Fayne, if Larsson were really a much better alternative. The fact is, is that right now, he probably isn't.
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