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Sport Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Coyotes reach ‘verbal agreement’ on contract, report says

04:20  12 june  2018
04:20  12 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Bleacher Report .

Oliver Ekman - Larsson is reportedly in talks with the Coyotes for an eight-year contract extension worth slightly above million per season. Sources familiar with the discussion told ArizonaSports.com about the reported deal for the Ekman - Larsson

Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka has a message for teams interested in defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He's not available.

The Coyotes reportedly told those that inquired about the 26-year-old that he is 'off the market,' according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. The belief is that Ekman-Larsson agreed to a verbal agreement on an extension. He isn't permitted to officially sign until July 1.

a person wearing a uniform: Oliver Ekman-Larsson © (Getty Images) Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Chayka remained upfront about signing Ekman-Larsson, the Coyotes' first round selection in 2009, sooner rather than later.

"We've been very clear that we're willing to do whatever we possibly can to have him come back," Chayka told NHL.com in early June. "Really believe in him and what he can bring to our team. Trying to get something done to lock him up long, long term. Build around him and really put together a team he deserves."

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Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka says he will do everything he can to get franchise defenceman Oliver Ekman - Larsson signed to a long-term contract . “We’ve been very clear that we’re willing to do whatever we possibly can to have him come back, and (we

Defenseman Oliver Ekman - Larsson cemented his place among the game's elite when the Coyotes were at their worst. In the midst of a six-year, million contract , Ekman - Larsson certainly seems to have taken his role as a figurehead of the organization to heart.

Ekman-Larsson's current deal is set to expire following the 2018-19 season. He potentially could have joined a deep defensive free agent pool featuring Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty. The latter is likely to return to the Kings, but Karlsson is adamant about signing for 'what I'm worth.'

Ekman-Larsson carries a cap hit of $5.5 million next season and will make $7 million, trailing Doughty and Karlsson amongst defensemen. He could have fetched whichever deal paid him the most in a market where the going rate of a defenseman oft exceeds $6 million. Take a look at Kevin Shattenkirk, the marquee name at last year's free agency, who signed with the Rangers for $6.65 million per year.

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Happening Now. Report : ‘Strong possibility’ Sharks buy out Paul Martin’s contract . The most interesting takeaway from Scott Cullen’s plan for Ken Holland and the Red Wings is the proposed acquisition of Oliver Ekman - Larsson from the Arizona Coyotes .

– The Coyotes are discussing an eight-year contract extension with defenseman Oliver Ekman - Larsson that would carry an average annual value Per terms of the collective bargaining agreement , Arizona is the only team that can offer Ekman - Larsson the additional eighth year.

Arizona is where the Swede wanted to continue playing.

“I’ve said it so many times. This is where I want to be," Ekman-Larsson told Arizona Sports' Craig Morgan following the season. "Hopefully we can work something out.”

Ekman-Larsson finished last season tenth in goals among defensemen (14) and registered 42 total points, but his success couldn't translate over to the rest of the Coyotes. For a sixth consecutive season, Arizona failed to qualify for the playoffs. They hold the fifth overall selection at the NHL Draft later this month, and could ultimately accelerate the rebuild process.

Whether the Coyotes contend for the playoffs next year or choose to rebuild, Ekman-Larsson made it clear that he wants to be a part of it.

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