NHL trade rumors involving Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson are back, which isn't a huge surprise with the 2021 draft about a month away.
The rumor mill is heating up, with Buffalo Sabres superstar center Jack Eichel the most exciting player who could potentially be moved during the offseason.
The upcoming group of free agent defensemen is not amazing. Outside of Dougie Hamilton -- and to a lesser extent, Tyson Barrie -- there aren't any players contending teams should pursue for their top pairing.
So, if teams are looking for a top-four defenseman, Ekman-Larsson is an interesting player to consider pursuing via trade. But in the case of the Boston Bruins, it's not a fit.
First, here's the latest report on Ekman-Larsson, via Craig Morgan AZ Coyotes Insider. He writes that "the Coyotes intend to explore trade options for captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson again this summer, sources have confirmed. This time around, Ekman-Larsson appears to be more open to the possibility."
Bruins fans probably remember back in October when there were reports of Ekman-Larsson being willing to waive his no-movement clause only to join Boston or the Vancouver Canucks. The Coyotes ultimately held on to their captain for the 2020-21 campaign, and a late-season collapse cost them a playoff spot.
Source : https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/bruins/nhl-trade-rumors-why-bruins-should-pass-ekman-larsson-deal-offseason292