It’s been reported over the last that the Edmonton Oilers have undergone good discussions with defenceman Adam Larsson for a new contract.
First reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, discussions circled around a four-year contract extension.
Thursday, TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported that the deal could come in the three-to-four year range.
And now, Postmedia’s Jim Matheson believes the contract will come in at four-years in the range of $3.75-million.
There’s potential for Larsson to have taken a pay cut from his last contract, one that pays him an AAV of $4.16-million. It’s not unreasonable, as Matheson mentioned, that in a flat cap world Larsson may not find the money he’s looking for from the Oilers.
A player like him would undoubtedly be looking for some kind of a raise, but money is evidently a major issue for teams across the league.
This year he’s scored three goals and nine points this season, and has totaled 67 points in 326 games with the Oilers.
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According to hockeyviz.com, a hockey analytics website that isolates players impacts at even-strength by comparing expected goal averages, Larsson provides defensive value at an 11 percent rate higher than league average and offence at a seven percent rate below league average.
These numbers have has large impacts on both the Oilers offence, and defence this year. With Larsson on the ice, the Oilers have a 22 percent worse expected goals for per hour rate than league average, but defensively, Edmonton has a 19 percent better expected goals against rate than league average.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]