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Coyotes sign Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s brother Kevin to AHL deal

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 2: Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 of the Arizona Coyotes during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center on March 2, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. Sabres beat the Coyotes 6-3. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Oliver Ekman-Larsson"n"n

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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.

This Swedish report by Johan Svensson and this tweet broke the news that the 22-year-old inked a deal with the wonderfully named Tuscon Roadrunners.

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.

Check out more on the Coyotes’ Euro movement here.