Oliver Ekman-Larsson has set a Friday deadline through his agent for a trade from the Arizona Coyotes to either the Boston Bruins or Vancouver Canucks.
The 29-year-old defenseman, who has a full no-move clause as part of an eight-year, $66 million contract ($8.25 million average annual value) he signed July 1, 2018, reportedly had informed the Coyotes he would only accept a trade to the Bruins or Canucks.
“We think the best option for a trade is before free agency,” Kevin Epp told TSN. “If no deal by Friday, Oliver is staying in Arizona.”
Ekman-Larsson, Arizona’s captain the past two seasons, scored 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 66 regular-season games in 2019-20, his fewest points since he scored 11 in 48 games in his rookie season in 2010-11. He scored four points (one goal, three assists) in nine postseason games for the Coyotes, who lost in five games to the Colorado Avalanche in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round after defeating the Nashville Predators in four games in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Selected by Arizona in the first round (No. 6) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Ekman-Larsson has scored 364 points (125 goals, 239 assists) in 723 regular-season games and eight points (two goals, six assists) in 25 playoff games.