Call it the Arizona Coyotes continuing their European movement, or maybe more precisely, trying to make sure that their most important European player doesn’t move.
Either way, it looks like the Coyotes signed Kevin Ekman-Larsson, younger brother of star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, to an AHL deal.
Later on, the team confirmed as much.
Five for Howling’s reaction includes at least some speculation that the signing might serve, in part, as incentive to keep “OEL” around.
One must at least ponder such a possibility considering Kevin Ekman-Larsson’s rather pedestrian stats. Then again, if “KEL” is more of a defensive-minded blueliner and puck-mover, his influence might not show up as well in counting stats.