Mar 31, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (5) passes the puck against the Florida Panters during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Devils Are In Contract Talks With Adam Larsson

There has been much speculation and rumor about New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson hopping the Atlantic Ocean and playing back home in Sweden next season. That is not true.

Larsson, 21, has expressed frustration about the way his development has gone. He has seen his role on the Devils diminish to an AHL defenseman. Larsson played in just 26 NHL games this season, as well as 33 AHL games.

Feb 15, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn (5) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (5) battle for loose puck near center ice during the third period at the Prudential Center. New Jersey Devils defeat he Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

After he told the media about his frustration for not being in the everyday lineup, many fans and reporters speculated he would return to Europe. But he has recently begun talking to GM Lou Lamoriello about his role on the Devils and about a new contract.

Larsson’s agent J.P. Barry spoke with Tom Gulitti of The Record on the matter:

“We’re talking to Lou (Lamoriello) and just trying to figure out what his role would be for next year and what’s best for him developmentally,” Barry said. “I don’t know where that (the talk of him going to Sweden) came from.”

So there you have it Devils fans, Larsson will remain a Devil. He will continue his development into a solid NHL defenseman. Remember, he is only 21, it takes a few seasons for defensemen to fully develop. If he does in fact sign, expect the former fourth overall pick should be on the Devils opening night roster next season and be in the lineup each game.

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