Devils re-sign Larsson: one year, $900K


The New Jersey Devils have re-upped with defenseman Adam Larsson on a one-year, $900,000 extension, per Swedish news outlet Expressen.

Larsson, the fourth overall pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, just wrapped his three-year, $2.775 million entry-level deal that carried an $925,000 annual cap hit. If the reported deal is true, it’s a slight haircut in terms of salary but a positive step in New Jersey keeping the young rearguard in North America.

Update: Confirmed, per…

Earlier this summer, rumors surfaced that Larsson might be considering a return play in Sweden after three rough years with the Devils. Though they were promptly shot down by both New Jersey and his representation, Larsson has been a disappointment since being the first blueliner off the board in ’11 — despite a promising rookie campaign in ’11-12, he’s fallen on hard times since and made just 26 appearances for the Devils last year, spending most of his time with AHL Albany.

Meanwhile, other blueliners taken after Larsson — Jonas Brodin, Dougie Hamilton — have shown steady signs of improvement during their time in the NHL and are now all virtual regulars with their respective teams.

Larsson should have a better chance of being with the Devils full-time next season, though. Anton Volchenkov won’t be back after his contract was amnestied, and it’s expected UFA rearguard Mark Fayne will draw major interest in free agency.

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.