Garland, Ekman-Larsson en route to Vancouver
The Vancouver Canucks are certainly fighting for the fences.
Hours before the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft, the Canucks reportedly acquired defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and winger Conor Garland from the Arizona Coyotes for a forfeit that includes ninth overall, a second pick. and seventh round in 2022, and veteran forwards Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel and Loui Eriksson.
Ekman-Larsson, 30, has previously been touted as a Norris Trophy contender but has seen his ability decline sharply in recent seasons. Taking into account the remaining six years of his contract which carries an annual cap of $ 8.25 million, that’s a steep price to pay for Vancouver. Even if it comes down to a somewhat competent NHL defenseman, it’s a lot of money against the cap, even if the Coyotes keep some of his salary.
In return for that important deal, the Canucks also got restricted free agent forward Conor Garland. Ready for a breakthrough with good teammates, Garland caught up with the Data Crew hockey team after scoring 39 points in 49 games last season. With good numbers underlying he’s sure to get a decent new contract, but now that’s the problem with Canucks general manager Jim Benning.
Canucks stars Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes also need new contracts, and those have been the top priority since their season ended a few months ago.
Aside from the three draft picks, Arizona have picked up a bunch of veteran forwards, all of whom have only one year left on their contracts. The deal wipes out $ 12 million of cap space from Vancouver’s books and gives them some leeway to sign their young stars, but in classic Coyotes fashion, Arizona will only have to pay $ 6.1 million. real money dollars.
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