Since taking over as captain of the Coyotes after Shane Doan, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has really done little to nothing to help his team elevate their play to take the next step to be a contender. All the high draft picks gathered up over the last few years haven’t really given Arizona any jump to their game. It is up to the captain to bring their team together, especially a team with as much talent as the Coyotes, and get the best out of their talents.
OEL hasn’t been the captain the Yotes have wanted, and it seems their patience with him has evaporated into thin air. What is next moving forward for both sides? Arizona has been listening to teams on trade scenarios for the Yotes captain, and rumors are heating up. Two teams have emerged to possibly be the frontrunners on a possible blockbuster. Those teams are Edmonton and Boston.
Dreger on TSN says the Oilers & Coyotes have had preliminary talks about Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Dreger adds it won't be an easy deal to make for Ken Holland. Bruins are also in the mix
Dreger reminds everyone OEL has trade protection, he'll manage this process to some degree.
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The trade protection in OEL’s contract is huge because that means he has somewhat of a say as to where he might want to go if he gets traded. As for the two teams, they both need a star defenseman at the moment. Edmonton has been looking for a solid defender for years. The addition of OEL will undoubtedly help solidify a team that is probably one-star defender away from being a terrifying team.
As for Boston. They are more than ready to say goodbye to star offensive defender Torey Krug and have a void to fill for their power-play and left side on defense. An addition of someone with OEL’s capability could help solidify their needs to stay in contention.
Do you think OEL is still in a Yotes jersey next year? Will he end up in one of these places? Are any other teams going to make a pitch for him? Let us know what you think.