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Afternoon Line- Kevin Epp, Agent For Oliver Ekman-Larsson

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson Considered Day-To-Day With Undisclosed Injury

from Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka pulled reporters aside on Friday — the club's first organized skating day of training camp — and announced that Ekman-Larsson was day-to-day after undergoing an offseason procedure to repair a previous injury....

n typical NHL fashion, no further details surrounding Ekman-Larsson's injury were disclosed, although he did skate on Friday. We also know Ekman-Larsson played through a knee injury last season, and was attacked by a family dog over the summer....

The strangest part, however, were Chayka's cryptic comments relating to his captain's status. When asked if the injury was directly related to last season's knee ailment, Chayka offered this:

“In some ways, yes; in some ways, no," Chayka said. "It’s just something that’s been nagging him for a number of years now. Just an opportunity for him to clean it up and get ready for the season, so he’s 100 percent healthy and strong, so he’s got no concerns heading into the season.”


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Oliver Ekman-Larsson Named Captain Of The Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka and Head Coach Rick Tocchet announced today that defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been named as the Coyotes' new team captain. Ekman-Larsson becomes the fourth captain in Coyotes' history (Keith Tkachuk, Teppo Numminen and Shane Doan). He previously served as an alternate captain the last four seasons (2014-15 to 2017-18).

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson On The Direction Of The Arizona Coyotes

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

"I'm very excited about our team," Ekman-Larsson said last month at the NHL European Player Media Tour. "Obviously, I looked around a little bit and looked at the options I had because I felt I needed to do my research so I could confidently say I made the right decision. It felt great to stay in Arizona."

Part of Ekman-Larsson's research came by picking the brain of general manager John Chayka about the direction the Coyotes are headed.

"We worked it out," Ekman-Larsson said. "It didn't take too long to figure everything out. At the same time, I was talking to Chayka about what was going on. I wanted to make sure we were going in the right direction, and I feel super comfortable that we are.

"I was looking for small steps to get better, and that's what I think we're doing. That's what it takes to get ahead in this league. We want to be better this year, we want to win more games, and I think we're in position to do so."


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Report- Oliver Ekman-Larsson Will Be Staying With The Arizona Coyotes

from TSN,

Oliver Ekman-Larsson has reached a verbal agreement with the Arizona Coyotes to sign an eight-year contract extension on July 1, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports.

According to Dreger, the extension is expected to be worth over $8 million per year. He has one season remaining on the six-year, $33 million contract he signed with the team in 2013.


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Arizona Coyotes Discussing A Long Contract Extension For Oliver Ekman-Larsson

from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,

The Coyotes are discussing an eight-year contract extension with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson that would carry an average annual value (AAV) slightly above $8 million, sources familiar with the talks told ArizonaSports.com.

Ekman-Larsson has one year remaining on a six-year, $33 million deal that began in the 2013-14 season and will pay him $7 million in salary for the 2018-19 season. Ekman-Larsson is eligible to sign an extension on July 1.

While other teams, particularly those in Canadian or large U.S. markets, may be able to offer him a higher AAV if he were to reach unrestricted free agency, the lower cost of living in Arizona could mitigate those differences.


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Video- Oliver Ekman-Larsson Fined For Slashing

NEW YORK (March 10, 2018) – Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto during NHL Game No. 1052 today in Denver, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced.

The incident occurred at 13:54 of the third period. Ekman-Larsson was assessed minor penalties for slashing and cross-checking on the play.

You can watch the incident below.

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What Will Oliver-Ekman-Larsson Do?

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Doughty is also a two-time Stanley Cup winner, a Norris Trophy winner, a confident leader who is driven to win, demands much from himself and teammates, and excels under pressure.

Ekman-Larsson has spent his entire eight-year career in the shadows with one of the NHL’s poorest and least-visible franchises. He has been to the playoffs once. What pressure?

Yes, it’s great for the Coyotes that he wants to stay. But whether he does, whether the Coyotes will show him the money this summer when contract talks can begin, probably hinges on whether, at least in leadership and drive, Ekman-Larsson can become more like Doughty.

"When you look at the best defencemen in the league — Doughty, Karlsson — he has to want to be on that list," Arizona’s first-year coach Rick Tocchet said. "I expect him to be on that list because that’s how good he can be.

"I think any athlete when you get used to something, you can get comfortable. All I know is to win you have to be uncomfortable. He knows he has to do some uncomfortable things — put it that way – to be a leader."


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How Does Oliver Ekman-Larsson Or Evander Kane Sound For The Islanders?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

For years there has been clamor ignored by Snow to acquire a running mate suitable for Tavares, a sure-shot Hart contender. And the Islanders do have the assets necessary to acquire Buffalo pending free agent winger Evander Kane, who is having the second-best season of his career and is likely going to be the hottest commodity on the rental market.

Coincidentally (or not), the 26-year-old Kane’s best season came in 2011-12, when he was on the final season of his first contract. Good news for the team that gets him now, perhaps not such good news for the team that signs him next July to a lucrative long-term deal.

But the Islanders and Tavares might not need Kane....

So this may not be the time or place for Kane. Rather, this is probably exactly the time for Snow to load up a package for Arizona’s estimable defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, whose contract at $5 million per runs through next season and will be the object of a wild bidding war once the 26-year-old lets Coyotes personnel know he’s unlikely to re-up for more wandering through the desert....

It will cost any team to get OEL, and it could cost the Islanders either Josh Ho-Sang or Anthony Beauvillier, perhaps Brock Nelson, maybe Ryan Pulock or Scott Mayfield, and probably one of the two first-rounders (their own plus Calgary’s) they own in the 2018 draft. The price will be high, but it would be worthwhile.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson Injured In Coyotes Game Last Night

from Dave Vest of the Coyotes' website,

The Coyotes jumped to a 3-0 lead, but lost a preseason game to the San Jose Sharks, 5-4 in a shootout, on Saturday night at Gila River Arena.

Arizona also lost star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a lower-body injury early in the overtime period. Ekman-Larsson and Sharks forward Mikkel Boedker, who are good friends, got tangled while skating and Ekman-Larsson crumbled to the ice. He slowly got up and skated gingerly to Arizona's dressing room with help from teammate Alex Goligioski and a member of the training staff.

Ekman-Larsson's injury will be further evaluated on Sunday.

"It's too early (to know)," Head Coach Rick Tocchet said when asked the severity of Ekman-Larsson's injury. "It's a guessing thing until they see him tomorrow."

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added 8:02am, from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,

Coach Rick Tocchet said it’s too early to tell how serious the issue is.

“I’ve seen sometimes they’re bad, and sometimes a guy comes in, ‘Hey, it feels great,’ ” Tocchet said. “Who knows? It’s a guessing game till they see him tomorrow.”

Ekman-Larsson was injured after getting tied up with San Jose winger Mikkel Boedker and falling to the ice awkwardly near the boards. He struggled to get up and had to be helped off the ice by a medical trainer and defenseman Alex Goligoski, as Ekman-Larsson was moving gingerly.

“I thought maybe it could have been a penalty there,” forward Nick Cousins said. “At the same time, I hope he’s doing all right. Obviously, he’s our best player and we need him for the regular season. I don’t know how he’s doing, but hopefully all the best.”


added 3:11pm, OEL considered day-to-day, more information below...

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Would The Arizona Coyotes Move Oliver Ekman-Larsson?

Mike Heika, Stars beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:

Last year the P.K. Subban trade came out of nowhere. Do you think there are any other No. 1 defensemen who could be on the market that Dallas could pursue?

Heika: The one guy I would be watching is Oliver Ekman-Larsson in Arizona. He is 25 and can become an unrestricted free agent in two seasons. There is a very good chance he doesn't want to re-sign with the Coyotes because the rebuild could be too long and difficult. Plus, there is always so much uncertainty with that organization.

Arizona needs him to sell tickets, so they probably want to keep him, keep trying to re-sign him, and wait until the last minute to trade him if they are forced to trade him.

But if you blew them away with an offer of draft picks and prospects, I think you could pry him out of there. A deal for Arizona now is smart because it could help the rebuild get started that much earlier.

It would be a high price, but that is a No. 1 defenseman who I think will be traded at some point.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson Fined For Diving/Embellishment

NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2016) – Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

Citation # Player Fine(s) * Head Coach Fine(s)
1 Warning N/A
2 $2,000 N/A
3 $3,000 N/A
4 $4,000 N/A
5 $5,000 $2,000
6 $5,000 $3,000
7 $5,000 $4,000
8 $5,000 $5,000

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Video- Oliver Ekman-Larsson Listed As Day-To-Day After Being Injured Last Night

via Sarah McLellan of Arizona Sports,

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered Monday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Coach Dave Tippett told the media after Arizona’s 3-1 loss in Colorado that he didn’t know the specifics of the injury and had not yet talked the medical personnel about it.

Ekman-Larsson injured himself after being slammed against the boards by Avalanche center Matt Duchene. He immediately got up and shuffled off the ice, heading to the locker room hunched over.


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The Lidstrom generation of defensemen, headlined by ‘OEL’

From NHL.com's Tim Wharnsby:

They're everywhere in the NHL these days, young Swedish defensemen who have been influenced by Nicklas Lidstrom, the legendary Detroit Red Wings defenseman.

Back when Peter Forsberg was at his best, most young hockey players from Sweden wanted to be like him, a forward. But then Lidstrom started collecting Stanley Cup titles and Norris Trophy wins and Olympic gold, and that all changed.

"You look around the League and see all the young [Swedish] defensemen," Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said. "When you grew up in Sweden before Nicklas became the player he was, everybody wanted to be a forward. When he played his best, the most skilled guys back home wanted to be like him and play defense. Our best players are defensemen."

Now there is Victor Hedman in Tampa Bay, John Klingberg in Dallas, Jonas Brodin in Minnesota, Hampus Lindholm in Anaheim, Adam Larsson in New Jersey, Mattias Ekholm in Nashville.

There are also a couple dandies in Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes.

Ekman-Larsson led all NHL defensemen with 23 goals last season, two more than Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner. Lidstrom had the record for most goals by a Swedish defenseman in a season at 20. But then Ekman-Larsson and Karlsson zoomed on by.

"Every D-man who comes from Sweden has watched him play," Ekman-Larsson, 24, said. "He was my idol growing up and he's the reason I started to play 'D.'


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Video- Joakim Nordstrom Hit On Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Will these types of hits ever stop?

via Sportsnet,

Check out this dirtiness, as Blackhawks forward Joakim Nordstrom hits Coyotes’ best defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson from behind.

via Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

After the game, Tippett said Ekman-Larsson was day-to-day with a "not-too-serious" upper-body injury and he is hopeful Ekman-Larsson is ready to play Saturday.


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Garrioch discusses the Coyotes’ fire sale and Anaheim’s attempts to snag Myers

A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is  on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:

In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.

For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.

For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.

Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.

“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”

Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:

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Video- Jonathan Bernier With The Bad Goal Of The Night

Oliver Ekman-Larson with a 'blooper' of a goal...


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Video- Oliver Ekman-Larsson Hit On Marian Gaborik

Oliver Ekman-Larsson with a big hit on Marian Gaborik.

Then Kings scored on the play to make it 4-2 late in the game.

Gaborik did not miss a shift but in my opinion he should not have come back at that point with LA up by two goals.


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Video- With Less Than A Second Left In OT, The Edmonton Oilers Lose To The Arizona Coyotes

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

“Point three seconds,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “I couldn’t believe it. I looked up, thinking it would be five seconds, 10 seconds. Of course, it has to be under a second left.” ...

With just three tenths of a second left on the overtime clock, Martin Erat slipped around Nugent-Hopkins with the puck and before the Oilers could say shootout, Oliver Ekman-Larsson beat Ben Scrivens with the winner.

“Heartbreaker,” said (Todd) Nelson. “I think there were five seconds left, the play was on the wall near our bench, and all of a sudden, they have a rush and Larsson makes a great shot.” 

“It sucks. It really does. It’s just like, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’ ” said captain Andrew Ference. “Those plays are extremely frustrating, but you can’t toss the positives out of the window. We were playing for the win.

“Yeah, the final play of the game sticks with you, and it’s hard to shake off, but you can’t constantly beat yourself up about it.” 

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Video- Is This A “Good, Hard Hit” Delivered To Oliver Ekman-Larsson?

Derek MacKenzie of the Blue Jackets made the hit and Ekman-Larsson did not return to the game, Coyotes only announced upper-body injury.

No penalty for the hit but Keith Yandle and MacKenzie did receive five for fighting...

added 9:50am, via NHL.com, MacKenzie will have a hearing tomorrow,

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Afternoon Line

On what player he would compare Ekman-Larsson to:

“It’s one of those thing that nobody wants to ever say because it’s such a huge compliment and such a hard thing to live up to. But his personality and the way he plays the game, with his stick and how smart he is, he has a lot of things that look like Nicklas Lidstrom. He’s a kind of lanky guy that gets his shot through. I’ve obvious never gotten to play with him, just against him a lot. Obviously to compare anyone to him is almost blasphemy, but at the same time, if there is anyone you could come close to, it would be Oliver.”

-Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes, via Mayor's Manor where you can read more from Doan.

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Six-Year Contract For Oliver Ekman-Larsson In Phoenix

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a six-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Oliver is an exceptional young player who will continue to improve as he matures,” Maloney said. “He is an important part of our future and we are pleased to have agreed on a long term contract.”

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Phoenix Coyotes Deliver Knock-Out Punch To The Chicago Blackhawks

The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 4-0 and the only goal needed by Phoenix was this power play blast from Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Without a doubt, Mike Smith was the difference, particularly early in the game.  In the first period, he stopped 16 shots while Phoenix could only manage 2 on Corey Crawford.

The Coyotes will now host the Nashville Predators in games 1 and 2, while the St. Louis Blues will be welcoming the LA Kings for the first two games of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

added 11:40pm, Below, read the release from the Coyotes regarding advancing to the WCSF.

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News and Notes from Europe

Hello readers,

I hope everyone is enjoying the hockey season and are gearing up for the upcoming holiday season! Remember the holidays mean the World Junior Hockey Championships are just around the corner, beginning on Boxing Day!

Now, some news and notes from various European leagues.

On the subject of the World Juniors, Team Sweden is hoping that the Edmonton Oilers will release Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson for the tournament. The Swedish rookie has collected 9 points in 25 games this year, while currently riding a three game point streak. However, the Oilers have already stated that they have no plans for releasing the talented winger for the tournament. On the bright side for Sweden, they do have the Ottawa Senators blue chip goalie prospect; Robin Lehner on their training camp roster, as well as the Phoenix Coyotes young defensive phenom; Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

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Coyotes Assign Oliver Ekman-Larsson To AHL

(GLENDALE, AZ) – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have assigned defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes Amercian Hockey League affiliate.

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound Ekman-Larsson has played 14 games with the Coyotes this season, collecting three assists and 12 penalty minutes.

Last season, the 19-year-old native of Karlskrona, Sweden played 52 games with Leksands IF (Sweden 2), registering 11-22-33 and 106 penalty minutes.

Ekman-Larsson was drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (6th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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Rookies To Watch

Some of the Globe and Mail hockey writers answer the following question…

Which National Hockey League rookie will have the biggest impact this season?


Take a pen. Jot down this name: Oliver Ekman-Larsson. When your buddies ask you which NHL rookie is going to have a whiz-bang season, tell them it’ll be the Phoenix Coyotes’ first-year defenceman Ekman-Larsson.

Yes, there are more celebrated rookies out there (Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin), but at 19 Ekman-Larsson comes with size (6 foot 2, 176 pounds) and a polished game.



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