After a very brief moment to adjust to the trade news, Larsen became very happy with the new life chapter in front of him.
“Coming to a new team is always real exciting,” Larsen said today following an informal skate at Terwillegar Rec Centre in Edmonton. “Of course it’s a little bit of a shock every time you get a call and hear you’re traded. It takes a couple of minutes to figure out what’s going on.
“Now I am just really, really excited and really happy to be a part of the Oilers and get a chance to play here. They have a long history here. It’s one of the teams you grow up and think about as a child. I’m really excited to be here and hope it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The blueliner says he is starting to meet his teammates while getting adjusted to the new city and he’s excited about the team’s outlook.
“Everyone seems really nice and people are happy, people are talking (to me). So, I’m really excited to be here and the team looks really exciting for the season.”
Larsen is a former fifth round draft pick of the Dallas Stars in 2008. He has played in 95 career NHL games with the Stars, totaling 19 points (5-14-19) and 34 penalty minutes.
Larsen knows that the competition is fierce for so few spots on the Oilers blueline, but he refuses to dwell on something that is out of his control. It’s up to the player to focus on things they do control like work ethic and performance.
“I don’t think that way. I come in, I play my hockey and hopefully they like it and hopefully I can contribute something on the ice. Just play your game and try to be the biggest asset you can be to the team. That’s the only thing you can do… work hard.
“I don’t try to think a whole lot about who’s in and who’s out. That’s not my call. I just play my game and make it tough for (the competition).”
Just like the rest of the veterans and prospects converging on Edmonton for training camp, which begins September 11, Larsen will get his opportunity to showcase his skills. He is hoping to force a difficult decision when it comes down to making the final cut.
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