A filler for all the injuries. And someone familiar with Hartley's style, so that should help. Doesn't bring all that much to the table, but he works hard and should get more ice time here than in Colorado. So you never know, we've already had a couple players do better than expected.
Not the acquisition that so many have been crying for, but it's at least something.
Here's my short bit on what Larsen brings to the rink:
A lunchpail type grinder who gives his all on every shift. He's a decent hitter with terrible balance. I've seen him often times line up someone for a perfect hit only to fall to the ice along with the opponent. He's got terrible hands and will never put up the offensive numbers that he did in juniors or when he was the captaining Team Canada. He brings great leadership and heart to a lockerroom and as I've said time and time again, he's the type of player that most teams can use in the playoffs (a few years ago he had his only 2 goal game in the post season). He'll go to war and drop the mitts if the situation permits, however he's a pretty bad fighter because of his aforementioned bad balance. He pretty much is only a Left Winger, can't remember him ever being shifted elsewhere on the ice, and I can't ever remember him taking faceoffs with any regularity. His niche is the 4th line, he has just about hit the end of his potential, and aside from any plugging time on a 3rd line, he'll always be a 4th liner. And yes, he does know Hartley and his system. Not only did he play under Hartley at the NHL level, but he broke in to the AHL when Hartley was coaching the Hershey Bears. He is cheap and still fairly young by NHL standards, but IMO will always be plagued with that cursed groin of his which seems to get injured about every month or so.
There's five words here,"BUT IT'S AT LEAST SOMETHING".
I'm as ticked off as anyone else about us not getting some support through trades, but I temper my anger and/or negativity for a reason. I know basically jack and squat about what DW is doing or is trying to do. Maybe too many injuries too close together put him in a bad bargaining position, maybe the organization doesn't have enough assets to acquire quality players, maybe the ownership issue has tied his hands, maybe he is a bad GM and we're getting screwed; I don't have the first clue.
Hence, I won't rant about what I don't know.
If it's just you're way of venting, then you can disregard the above. Everyone vents in his/her own way, and we have more than enough to vent about these days. If it's anything more than that, I suggest that you partake in several adult beverages to take the edge off.