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#21 Daniel

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:29 AM

http://www.nj.com/de...ext_season.html

Apparently the rumor has some legs to the point that Lou had to issue a nondenial, denial. Boy that woukd absolutely suck.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:41 AM

For fvcks sake if Larsson leaves, I give up.  Honestly.

 

But for the record, he's an RFA unlike what that article says.

 

Edit:  I don't think there's any merit to these rumors.  I'm just saying - I'm so used to players fleeing that this wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if it somehow came true.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 08:50 AM

For the record, if he did go to Sweden for a year or two does that put him closer to NHL UFA or is his FA clock frozen once he goes overseas?  I mean if he's going to get peanuts here and hardly play I could hardly blame him for going over there, getting paid and playing especially if he can lop off RFA years.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:00 AM

i do not like this at all - even the discussion on it. maybe it's posturing by his agent to make sure he gets a one way deal with some $ - i hope that's all it is.

 

i'm not saying adam larsson is the greatest thing ever, but if he went and played in the SEL next year, it would just be another signal that the devils handled his early nhl career terribly.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:03 AM

Does this happen to any other team? Honestly? Why is it always us?
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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:14 AM

Does this happen to any other team? Honestly? Why is it always us?

 

Well when you have a front office who is making a habit out of stringing players along then this will happen.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:17 AM

Does this happen to any other team? Honestly? Why is it always us?

 

Sure.  Alex Burmistrov left the Jets to play in the KHL.  Alex Radulov left the Predators to play in the KHL.

 

This is posturing.  And yes Larsson would be a year closer to UFA if he played in the SEL, but that would be an insane move.

 

EDIT:  Oh - haha, Chere is just going off the stupid translation of the Swedish interview, with absolutely no basis to back it up.  LOL at you guys for taking that garbage seriously.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:26 AM

http://www.hockeybuz...rseas/159/60563
Lou addressed this with Cheer in the article. No reason to get worried, Adam is going no where.
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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:26 AM

Sure. Alex Burmistrov left the Jets to play in the KHL. Alex Radulov left the Predators to play in the KHL.

This is posturing. And yes Larsson would be a year closer to UFA if he played in the SEL, but that would be an insane move.

EDIT: Oh - haha, Chere is just going off the stupid translation of the Swedish interview, with absolutely no basis to back it up. LOL at you guys for taking that garbage seriously.


The article says rumors were swirling at the GM meetings. I know there was a dodgy Swedish source that mentioned it, but it seems like Chere was going on something different, unless I'm missing something.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:58 AM

The article says rumors were swirling at the GM meetings. I know there was a dodgy Swedish source that mentioned it, but it seems like Chere was going on something different, unless I'm missing something.


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You are missing that Chere is a linkbait generating hack playing off the fears of Devils fans.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:16 AM

You are missing that Chere is a linkbait generating hack playing off the fears of Devils fans.

 

I remember when Chere was a pretty straight shooter when it came towards reporting about the Devils.

 

I guess he has to resort more and more to linkbaiting every year as the SL/nj.com's financial issues intesify.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:23 AM

The Devils have his rights, I guess it's his decision to NOT sign in New Jersey.  I don't think Larsson is that stupid.  He has said he just simply wants a one-way deal.  I'm sure the Devils are prepared to give him that since he's paid his dues.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:30 AM

I doubt he's leaving but I wouldn't blame him if he did. From not taking any performance bonus in his ELC to having to go down to the AHL this year which cost him a lot of money ($925k NHL Salary vs. $70k AHL Salary), he's probably irritated. I'm not sure how much of a performance bonus he missed out on but the pick before him, Huberdeau, got $2.3M/yr, and the pick after him, Strome, got $850k/yr. TG said in the past his cap hit would've been around $3M with the bonus so maybe Larsson missed out on a performance bonus in the range of $1.8-2M/yr. Then again, I don't know what he would've had to do to trigger those.

Like I said earlier, I would be shocked if he isn't in NJ next year, but I don't blame him for playing hardball if he has to.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:33 AM

I doubt he's leaving but I wouldn't blame him if he did. From not taking any performance bonus in his ELC to having to go down to the AHL this year which cost him a lot of money ($925k NHL Salary vs. $70k AHL Salary), he's probably irritated. I'm not sure how much of a performance bonus he missed out on but the pick before him, Huberdeau, got $2.3M/yr, and the pick after him, Strome, got $850k/yr. TG said in the past his cap hit would've been around $3M with the bonus so maybe Larsson missed out on a performance bonus in the range of $1.8-2M/yr. Then again, I don't know what he would've had to do to trigger those.

Like I said earlier, I would be shocked if he isn't in NJ next year, but I don't blame him for playing hardball if he has to.

 

I would blame him.  This is the NHL, the most competitive league in the world.  Larsson isn't setting the world on fire.  He would've only triggered a games played bonus in year 1, all other bonuses he would've fallen way short on, because he hasn't shown very much yet.  He has a potentially $50 million dollar career if he gets his head on straight, why worry about some stupid bonuses and go cry back to Sweden?

 

He was a 19 year old kid making almost a million dollars a year.  Imagine you are 19 and have a million dollars - what can you possibly do with that much money?  Does it make sense to buy a house?  No, because you're 19 and what 19 year old needs a house?  You can buy yourself a really nice car and live in a great apartment, if you like.  It's hard to imagine many athletes in that spot worrying about how much money they are making, especially the son of a pro athlete.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:43 AM

I doubt he's leaving but I wouldn't blame him if he did. From not taking any performance bonus in his ELC to having to go down to the AHL this year which cost him a lot of money ($925k NHL Salary vs. $70k AHL Salary), he's probably irritated. I'm not sure how much of a performance bonus he missed out on but the pick before him, Huberdeau, got $2.3M/yr, and the pick after him, Strome, got $850k/yr. TG said in the past his cap hit would've been around $3M with the bonus so maybe Larsson missed out on a performance bonus in the range of $1.8-2M/yr. Then again, I don't know what he would've had to do to trigger those.

Like I said earlier, I would be shocked if he isn't in NJ next year, but I don't blame him for playing hardball if he has to.


He really wasn't doing the Devils any favors for not taking the bonus money. Even without it, it's a lot more money than he would have gotten in Sweden.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:03 PM

I would blame him.  This is the NHL, the most competitive league in the world.  Larsson isn't setting the world on fire.  He would've only triggered a games played bonus in year 1, all other bonuses he would've fallen way short on, because he hasn't shown very much yet.  He has a potentially $50 million dollar career if he gets his head on straight, why worry about some stupid bonuses and go cry back to Sweden?

 

He was a 19 year old kid making almost a million dollars a year.  Imagine you are 19 and have a million dollars - what can you possibly do with that much money?  Does it make sense to buy a house?  No, because you're 19 and what 19 year old needs a house?  You can buy yourself a really nice car and live in a great apartment, if you like.  It's hard to imagine many athletes in that spot worrying about how much money they are making, especially the son of a pro athlete.

I hear what you are saying, my point about the money isn't so much about what he made/could make but that he may just be irked a bit with the way things have gone. Of course he can earn a lot, lot more over here. Ignore the bonus, just this last year he lost a good bit of money having to play in the AHL when he shouldn't have been there. Even though he is already rich, I'm sure it's not a pleasant feeling.

 

But from another angle - he is a kid living halfway around the world and stuck with a coach that clearly doesn't think highly of him. I can see how that can be mentally draining. In general, sometimes I feel as fans, we don't realize how hard it can be for some of the European guys to come over and play here. Yeah they make a lot of money, but there is a mental aspect to it that can be hard for some guys, especially when things aren't going well.

 

But like I said before, I seriously doubt he goes back to Sweden.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:06 PM

I hear what you are saying, my point about the money isn't so much about what he made/could make but that he may just be irked a bit with the way things have gone. Of course he can earn a lot, lot more over here. Ignore the bonus, just this last year he lost a good bit of money having to play in the AHL when he shouldn't have been there. Even though he is already rich, I'm sure it's not a pleasant feeling.

 

But from another angle - he is a kid living halfway around the world and stuck with a coach that clearly doesn't think highly of him. I can see how that can be mentally draining. In general, sometimes I feel as fans, we don't realize how hard it can be for some of the European guys to come over and play here. Yeah they make a lot of money, but there is a mental aspect to it that can be hard for some guys, especially when things aren't going well.

 

But like I said before, I seriously doubt he goes back to Sweden.

 

Add in the players he has been close with...Tedenby, Urbom, Josefson. A lot of talking. A lot of bitterness. 


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:18 PM

Add in the players he has been close with...Tedenby, Urbom, Josefson. A lot of talking. A lot of bitterness. 

 

Throw Tallinder into that mix too lmao...yeah he's not a prospect but he was supposed to be a mentor to the younger Swedes and he was as bitter as anyone when he left.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:21 PM

Throw Tallinder into that mix too lmao...yeah he's not a prospect but he was supposed to be a mentor to the younger Swedes and he was as bitter as anyone when he left.

 

I don't think Tallinder had much interest in doing that. From all accounts, Hedberg was that guy.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:33 PM

Add in the players he has been close with...Tedenby, Urbom, Josefson. A lot of talking. A lot of bitterness. 

 

I tend to agree with this. The Swedish contingent must have an email chain going Sh!t talking the devils and deboer. Yes, they are professional, but they are also human. 


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