Trades keep piling up around 2021 NHL Draft weekend; the Canucks and Coyotes may have combined for the most jaw-dropping trade yet.* The simplest explanation is that the Canucks traded for Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland, while the Coyotes continued to stockpile futures by using excess cap space.
From here, it seems like another big win for the Coyotes, who also landed draft picks to take on Shayne Gostisbehere.
* – Well, it was.
Canucks trade for Oliver Ekman-Larsson (OEL), Garland; Coyotes land draft picks
Here are the full details of that resounding OEL trade between the Canucks and Coyotes.
Canucks receive: Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland.
Another way to quickly summarize the OEL trade is to say that the Canucks are in win-now mode with Ekman-Larsson, while the Coyotes are focused squarely on the future.
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Crucially, Roussel, Eriksson, and Beagle all see their cap hits expire after next season. Meanwhile, Garland will need a new contract, so it’s difficult to totally summarize the money savings for the Canucks.
More to come …