The Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes decided to liven up the show with a monster trade on Friday afternoon, hours before the start of the first round of the 2021 draft.
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The Canadian squad has secured the services of star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland. In return, the “Yotes” got their hands on the ninth overall pick from the next auction, a second round selection in 2022, another seventh round in 2023, as well as forwards Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel and Loui Eriksson.
Ekman-Larsson, who has been at the center of rumors for a few seasons, earns an annual salary of $ 8.25 million, until the end of the 2026-2027 campaign. The Coyotes will also keep 12% of their former captain’s salary.
The 30-year-old Swede is a regular 40-point scorer. In the last shortened season, the southpaw had three goals and 21 assists for 24 points in 46 games. He has worn the “C” on his jersey for the past three seasons.
For his part, Garland will become a free agent with compensation on July 28. The American has been his team’s third-best scorer in the past two seasons. In 2020-2021, the right winger accumulated 39 points in 49 games.
“On behalf of the whole organization, I would like to thank Olivier for everything he has done for the Coyotes for the past 10 years. He is an amazing player and person and we wish him and Conor the best of luck for the future, ”Arizona General Manager Bill Armstrong commented in a written statement.
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The skaters the Coyotes won made up about $ 12 million of the Canucks’ payroll and are all over 30 years old. All of their contracts will end at the end of the next season.
Beagle, a defensive center, added five points to his record in 30 games.
Frenchman Roussel missed the first 28 games of the 2019-2020 campaign, and did not appear to be in top form last season. The robust striker added just four points in 35 games.
At 36, Eriksson may get one last chance to show off on the Bettman Tour. The Swede, who commands a $ 6 million salary, has watched most of the Canucks’ games from the stands, amassing just one point in seven games. Still, he has 594 points in 977 career NHL games.