Adam Larsson signs with Seattle Kraken a gut punch to the Edmonton Oilers

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Is Tyson Barrie next?

This just in, a gut punch to the Edmonton Oilers, news that the Seattle Kraken have signed their top right shot d-man Adam Larsson, four years at $4.0 million per, about what Edmonton was said to have offered him.

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Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Frank Seravali broke the bad news, reporting: “Early word is #SeaKraken are closing in on contracts with two UFA defensemen: Adam Larsson (EDM) and Jamie Oleksiak (DAL). Not finalized. But barring any last minute change, the expectation is those players will be the selections from #Oilers and #GoStars.”

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported: ” Larsson has signed a 4 year deal with the Kraken. $4 mil aav….Oilers will re-engage with Tyson Barrie. There’s been preliminary discussion…expected to intensify with Larsson leaving. Term is going to be the sticking point for Barrie. Don’t think the Oil want to go to 5 years. Does 4 x $5mil get it done?”

In the past five seasons, Larsson has had three of the best years we’ve seen from an Oilers d-man at even strength when it comes to Grade A chances scoring chances plus-minus.

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Reaction on Twitter was fast and downcast:

Oilers fan Troy @heavyoilcontry
Whether we are willing to admit it or not, Larsson probably felt under appreciated here by the fanbase since day 1 because we really did under appreciate him

TSN’s Ryan Rishaug @TSNRyanRishaug
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

Boston hockey writer Joe Haggerty @HackswithHaggs
Wasn’t a big part of the Edmonton sell job on the Duncan Keith trade that he was going to form this top pairing with Adam Larsson? And now he’s signing with Seattle. Oilers looking one step behind at every turn right now.

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Allan Mitchell of Lowetide @Lowetide
Larsson to the left coast. Oilers fans devastated when he arrived, something close as he leaves. Life is funny that way.

Oilers fan Rob Soria @Oil_Drop
I think fans believe their approval or disapproval mean a lot to a player but I don’t see it. Now, a toxic environment created by fans is one thing and that wasn’t Larsson at all. Could it be an organizational thing? For sure but not much else.


Hockey analytics writer Patrick Bacon @TopDownHockey

To me, Edmonton letting Larsson walk is sort of like St. Louis/Pietrangelo where it might be the “right move” but it’s impossible to praise because of where the freed up money was spent.
And unlike Pietrangelo, this is a move where I‘d say bite the bullet and sign the aging D.

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Oilers blogger Alex Thomas @Alex_Thomas14
Signing Tyson Barrie while Larsson walks really doesn’t make any sense. Barrie/Bouchard/Bear is such a redundant right side. Whose the team’s shutdown option that will handle big, tough minutes with Larsson gone? Feels panicky and directionless.

The Athletic’s Jonathan Willis @JonathanWillis
Larsson makes a ton of sense for Seattle, especially at $4MM x 4 years. There really aren’t many capable shutdown RD available via expansion.
As a bonus: it definitely hurts the divisional rival Oilers.

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector @SportsnetSpec

Adam Larsson chooses Seattle over Edmonton, for same dollars and term being offered by Oilers.
Big loss for EDM – good player, excellent leader – and a nice start to a blueline that will likely also include Oleksiak and Giordano in SEA.

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