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Larsson's agent, J.P. Barry, says negotiations with general manager Ray Shero were briefly delayed by Lou Lamoriello's departure Thursday, but talks are expected to resume this weekend with a long-term deal in sight, according to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record.
"Ray and I have been talking throughout," Barry said. "We're going to talk Friday, Saturday and we've been trying to work on something longer-term here. Because we know the (arbitration) cases and we know the (salary) ranges. So, if can't do the long-term deal, we'll flip over to trying to settle the (arbitration) and I think we'll be able to do that."
The two sides are reportedly considering two options: either a two-year deal or a contract with several additional years. The Devils and Larsson's camp have been working on a five or six-year pact, according to the Record.
"We're making some progress on something longer-term, so we're just going to keep going hard on that Friday and Saturday. So, this weekend is huge for us," Barry said.