Earlier this week, Edmonton ticked one big item off their to-do list with the re-signing of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to an eight-year, $42M contract. Now, their focus is set on re-upping pending UFA defenseman Adam Larsson and it appears that progress is being made on those discussions. Larsson’s agent J.P. Barry told Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic that there is an emphasis on the length of the deal but that talks are going well:
We’re making progress on a contract. Sometimes teams like to move quicker than players. He’s just thinking about everything. We’re getting there. There are a few things we can still discuss.
We’d like to get some term. He’s a pretty young free agent defenseman.
Barry is certainly correct in noting that Larsson is fairly young for a blueliner with the type of experience he has. He is only 28 but already has 10 years under his belt after making the jump to the NHL as an 18-year-old after New Jersey made him the fourth-overall pick back in 2011.