Red Wings sign Larsson
"He's really matured the last two or three years," said Detroit assistant general manager Jim Nill. "He's ready to come over. It's coming over and getting adapted to the smaller ice. The shots are coming at you a little quicker."
Nill said that Larsson will likely play in Grand Rapids next season. Chris Osgood and Jimmy Howard are both under contract with the Red Wings for next season. Dominik Hasek will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
Larsson was named the Swedish elite league's top goalie this season, his second in the top division.
Larsson was another gem found by the Red Wings' scouts. The netminder has passed through two NHL drafts without being selected before being taken as a 20-year-old by Detroit.
With the signing of Larsson, the Red Wings now have four prospects whose rights they'll lose if still unsigned on June 1 -- Sergei Kolosov, Anton Axelsson, Dick Axelsson, and Logan Pyett.
Pyett and Dick Axelsson have been listed by Detroit general manager Ken Holland as players that the team would like to sign.