NHL Trade Rumors: Coyotes’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson Deal Could Come Before NHL Trade Deadline

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Jan. 15 2018, Updated 6:24 p.m. ET

There is over a month until the NHL trade deadline arrives, and the Arizona Coyotes could make a deal involving Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The team has an important decision to make in the coming weeks due to an impending free agency. There are at least three teams that have shown interest already and there could be more prospective trade partners depending on what Arizona asks for.

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In a report on Saturday via the Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch, it’s mentioned that Ekman-Larsson has “no shortage of suitors” ahead of the NHL’s upcoming trade deadline. The Coyotes will have to decide on Ekman-Larsson’s future with the team due to the fact he’s a free agent next summer. It’s also noted that while Ekman-Larsson could be dealt this summer, there may be NHL teams interested in acquiring him now. That would give the new team Ekman-Larsson’s services for two potential playoff runs before his free agency arrives.

The 26-year-old defenseman has been part of his current team since they drafted him ahead of the 2010-11 NHL season. Ekman-Larsson has played in a total of 539 games and has scored 95 goals while also tallying 173 assists for 268 total career points. He was also recently selected to appear in his second NHL All-Star Game of his career.

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