Agent: Devils, Larsson progressing on long-term deal; reportedly in 5 or 6-year range
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The agent for New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson says the club and the player are progressing in talks centered around a long-term contract.

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.

Larsson has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday. The Devils avoided heading to a hearing with fellow blue-liner Eric Gelinas, signing him to a two-year contract last week.

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