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Seattle Kraken Reportedly Sign Adam Larsson to 4-Year Contract

Reports are that Adam Larsson has signed a four-year deal with the Seattle Kraken.

The Edmonton Oilers are going to need to figure out how to replace the one defenseman they had on their roster that played a physical, stay-at-home style because it looks as though they’ve lost Adam Larsson to the Seattle Kraken. Reports are that Larsson has signed a four-year, $4 million free agency deal with Seattle in the limited window the NHL’s newest team had to talk with pending UFAs.

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This news is coming as a shock to a lot of fans, both in Edmonton and outside. First, Larsson wasn’t a name really mentioned on Seattle’s radar. There were thoughts that maybe Larsson might get some attention from a team like the Philadelphia Flyers, but Seattle felt like a long shot. Second, the value is not one that suggests Larsson is leaving Edmonton over money. Speculation is that this is right around the ballpark of an offer the Oilers made to the defenesman.

Ryan Rishaug writes: “Oilers had multiple offers on the table for Larsson, including a 4 and 5 year term. Sense is this wasn’t a decision made based on the Oilers being out-bid. Likely Larsson deciding on a change of scenery.” This is also intriguing as the player said after the season ended that he really like Edmonton. He hadn’t given an indication that he was unhappy or looking to leave. It was in the last couple of weeks that word started to spread that maybe he was rethinking an extension and would test the free agent waters. He really didn’t even do that because if he’s signed with Seattle, he’s not getting a full picture of what offers might have been out there for him.

Questions now will surround why Larsson chose to leave? Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 writes, “Larsson didn’t leave for money. Oilers should ask why? Why did the player want to leave? Usually UFAs leave for more money, a few want to play close to home or team didn’t have cap space to sign them. That wasn’t case with Larsson. I’d look internally as to why he left.”

Big Loss for Edmonton Who Will Now Focus on Replacement

Larsson is a second-pair defensive defenceman who plays a shut down style. The Oilers acquired him years ago in a trade for Taylor Hall and his tenure with the team was often polarizing because of that trade. But, this past season, he really came on as a reliable option to play against team’s top players.

Adam Larsson Tyson Barrie Oilers
Recent reports suggest the Edmonton Oilers aren’t likely to get Adam Larsson to re-sign, but Tyson Barrie could return next season.

Speculation is that the Oilers will now turn to Tyson Barrie, but it’s hard to imagine that will be the player Edmonton signs to replace what Larsson brought. He’s a different style of defender, even if Barrie will be helpful on the Oilers power play.

Interestingly, it sounds like Seattle is also closing in on a deal with Jamie Oleksiak of the Dallas Stars.

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  2. MICHAEL ZACK

    July 21, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Wow, that’s not like Kenny H to get caught unaware and be blindsided like that!
    Conner Mcdavid greatest player to never win the Cup

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