EbeneNews – CA – Canucks Rumors: Keep a Close Eye on Oliver Ekman-Larsson


TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 11: Oliver Ekman-Larsson # 23 of the Arizona Coyotes skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 11, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada The Maple Leafs beat the Coyotes 3-2 in overtime (Photo by Claus Andersen / Getty Images)

Even though fall has officially started, it’s a different kind of summer day for Vancouver Canucks fans.The draft is only a week away, the free agency opens a few days later (October 9 ) and GM Jim Benning still hasn’t made an off-season move

With potential salary cap issues looming and tough decisions to be made on a few young players, it would only make perfect sense for Benning to do his best to see what the trading market has to offer. He needs to know what is the value of certain players A handful of trades to create space or acquire a new defender seems more and more likely every day

The latest rumor going around is that the Canucks and Coyotes have discussed a trade Specifically, Benning has his eyes on Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Bill Armstrong is in the market to reclaim the draft picks His team has been hit with a severe penalty after violating NHL Combine testing policy and was forced to forfeit this year’s second-round pick and next year’s first-round pick

But would they be ready to part ways with their captain? It’s locked up for an additional seven seasons at $ 8 $ 25 million annually I guess it would definitely take more than a few choices to wet Arizona’s taste buds. A package should probably include one or two first-round picks, Jake Virtanen, and one from Olli Juolevi or Jack Rathbone.

Seems like a steep price to pay for another left-handed defenseman Especially with no first or second round pick in 2020 Of course Ekman-Larsson is one of the top two defensemen on any NHL team , but it doesn’t exactly fit the mold of this Canucks team Quinn Hughes is untouchable and the same can be said about Alex Edler He loves his no-trade clause and there’s absolutely no way to give it up

That leaves a third place for the pairing, which is certainly not something Ekman-Larsson would be ready for Travis Green could push Edler to that third role, but it would take away the NHL-ready hopes that lie ahead. their luck, and the gaping hole to the right would still be there

Also, the Canucks should only really consider this if they can eliminate a deadweight.If the Coyotes would be willing to accept Brandon Sutter or more specifically Loui Eriksson’s contract, then it’s definitely something Benning has to think long and hard

Can you imagine seeing Hughes, Ekman-Larsson, Edler and Tyler Myers all playing for the same team? Talk about a deadly defense

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EbeneNews – CA – Canucks Rumors: Keeping an Eye on Oliver Ekman-Larsson

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