Why There’s No Chance Oliver Ekman-Larsson Is Dealt Before the Trade Deadline

January 31st, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

By now, most diehard hockey fans will have seen the reports: The Arizona Coyotes are engaging in a rebuild/reset/retooling, and everything is on the table, including franchise cornerstone Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

The only problem, of course, is that he really isn’t.

The comment that kicked off speculation about Ekman-Larsson’s future was made by general manager Don Maloney in an interview with Ottawa radio station TSN 1200. Asked a question about the level of trade interest in pending free agent Antoine Vermette, Maloney answered as follows:  

We like all our players. Antoine is a very good person; he can be part of the solution, he’s not part of the problem. And yet, where we’re at, we have to look at everybody and everything. There’s really nobody we wouldn’t talk about in a deal, and I really don’t want to get into specifics; the only player, obviously Shane Doan is not going anywhere. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is player that we would certainly be very, very reluctant to part with. But as far as I’m concerned when you’re sitting with our record and we&rsqu ...

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