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.
I mean, I'm sure, but that's just stuff you have to fight through to become an NHL player. I don't see where the coach doesn't think highly of him - I see a lot of quotes from DeBoer praising Larsson. When Larsson was a healthy scratch early in the season, he deserved it. He was not playing well at all. And DeBoer said - Larsson looked great at training camp and is not playing well enough to stay in the lineup, and he was absolutely right. It's the coach's job to make sure the best 18 skaters are dressed every night. Then Gelinas and Merrill come up and play just as well as Larsson if not better and he has to earn his stripes in the AHL.
Larsson wants to be on the NHL team next year and he will be, but all his playing time will be earned. Leave aside the Salvadors of the world, that's not who he's competing against for ice time. He's got to show he's as good as a guy like Mark Fayne and other than brief stretches in his NHL career he has not done that.
Edited by Triumph, 12 June 2014 - 12:36 PM.