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Trade: Canucks land Ekman-Larsson, Garland in massive deal with Coyotes

Trade: Canucks land Ekman-Larsson, Garland in massive deal with Coyotes

SAN JOSE, CA - May 8: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) talks to teammates during the San Jose Sharks game versus the Arizona Coyotes on May 8, 2021, at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, CA. (Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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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.

Coyotes receive: Loui Eriksson, Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle, the ninth pick of the 2021 NHL Draft, a 2022 second-round pick, and a seventh-rounder in 2023.

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.

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 ...

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.