With about two hours to go before the start of NHL free agency Friday, things appeared quiet on the Oliver Ekman-Larsson front.
The Arizona Coyotes are shopping the defenseman in hopes of getting his monster contract off the books. Ekman-Larsson has trade protection, meaning he has a say in where he goes.
OEL set a deadline for noon Friday for the Coyotes to trade him to either the Boston Bruins or Vancouver Canucks, and as of Thursday night, not much was happening.
Of course, the Coyotes don’t have a ton of leverage in a trade, so their reportedly ambitious asking price obviously is a hurdle to getting a deal done.