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Oliver Ekman-Larsson
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Oliver Ekman-Larsson
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Arizona Coyotes

Oliver Ekman-Larsson never really wanted to be traded by the Arizona Coyotes. 

"I signed (in 2018) because I wanted to be in Arizona until I'm 36," Ekman-Larsson told Ronnie Ronnkvist of Sweden's Hockey Sverige. "When this rumor appeared, it felt awkward, and it was a tough situation. I had never been in a situation like this before with trade rumors. Mentally, it was tough." The Coyotes blueliner gave the team the option to deal him to Boston or Vancouver, while putting a deadline of the start of free agency on Oct. 9 to complete the trade. "I have a no-trade/no-movement clause in my contract," OEL said. "I picked those teams because I didn't want to stand in the way of the (Coyotes) in case they felt like they needed to move me. That's the person I am. I put those teams there as alternatives, but I never really wanted to move. I never really wanted to do anything but to stay in Arizona. I'm really happy that it ended this way. I really like to live there and it would have been very hard for me to leave." He is signed for another seven seasons at a cap hit of $8.25 million.  Yesterday 4:29 pm (EST)

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