Canucks acquire Oliver Ekman-Larsson from Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes traded captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday in exchange for three players and three draft picks, including the No.

9 overall selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Vancouver will send forwards Jay Beagle, Loui Eriksson and Antoine Roussel to Arizona, along with a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and a seventh-round selection in 2023.

Ekman-Larsson, a high-scoring defenseman, has six seasons left on his contract at an average annual value of $8.25 million per year.

The 30-year-old Swede was the Coyotes’ first-round draft pick in 2009 (sixth overall) and spent all 11 seasons of his NHL career with the club.

In that time, Ekman-Larsson has registered 388 points (128 goals, 260 assists) over 769 games. In 46 games last season, Ekman-Larsson had just three goals and 21 assists.

Garland, 25, heads to Vancouver after playing his first three NHL seasons with Arizona.

He has totaled 96 points (47 goals, 49 assists) in 164 games since being selected by the Coyotes in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

In exchange, the Coyotes took on some veterans but cleared cap room to build for the future. They entered Friday without a first-round draft pick, which they had to forfeit after the NHL determined the team had violated rules concerning pre-draft scouting in 2019.

The Coyotes received the No.

11 pick during the draft lottery, which the league then marked down as “forfeited.” Now, they will have their pick of the best prospects remaining at No. 9.

“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Oliver for everything that he has done for the Coyotes the past 10 years,” Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong said.

“He is a tremendous player and person and we wish him and Conor the best of luck in the future.

“We are very pleased to acquire the ninth overall draft choice in this year’s NHL Draft along with Loui, Antoine and Jay. … They are all solid veterans who will provide us with great leadership and experience.”

Eriksson, 36, recorded one assist in seven games last season. A six-time 20-goal scorer, Eriksson has 594 points (250 goals, 344 assists) in 977 career games with the Dallas Stars, Bruins and Canucks.

Beagle, 35, totaled five points (one goal, four assists) in 30 games this season. A Stanley Cup champion with Washington in 2017-18, Beagle has 142 points (57 goals, 85 assists) in 613 career games with the Capitals and Canucks.

Roussel, 31, collected four points (one goal, three assists) in 35 games last season. The Frenchman has totaled 189 points (81 goals, 108 assists) in 554 career games with the Stars and Canucks.

–Field Level Media


Soapwatch: JACI STEPHEN'S ultimate insight into this week's soaps

Why are soapland folk so unambitious in their professional lives?

Take ‘s Tommy Orpington. He’s been playing for Weatherfield County for what feels like 50 years and has only just announced his retirement. 

If he was so great, how come he was never headhunted?

We never heard so much as the crinkle of a £5 note trying to buy him up for a better side. As for his team mates… well, who are they? Can you name one? And why have they never had a pint in the Rovers? Failures, all.

It’s the same with beauty and hair salons.

Corrie’s Audrey, ‘s Bernice, ‘ Denise.

Why didn’t they ponder, bathmatetestimonials even for a second, as they raked in the takings from their two clients a week, that maybe in Manchester, Leeds or central , greater fortunes awaited them?

Corrie’s Carla is probably the most ambitious of all soapland’s thriving entrepreneurs, but she’d last ten seconds on Dragons’ Den before the resounding, collective cry of ‘I’m out!’ went up.

As Shakespeare’s Marc Antony said, ‘Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.’

Linda vents her fury over Zack breaking Nancy’s heart, little knowing that Mick (pictured, with Linda) warned him off in EastEnders


Well, it was only a matter of time.

Having tried out dressing as the Quality Street Big Purple One and the Green Triangle, Linda has thrown caution to the wind and come as the entire tin. Get your sunglasses on, you’ll be blinded. 

She always endures some kind of trauma when she’s in Quality Street mode, and now is no exception when she vents her fury over Zack breaking Nancy’s heart, little knowing that Mick (pictured, with Linda) warned him off.

Why can’t the adults in Walford just stay out of their kids’ lives?

It’s quite unbelievable that Groundhog Day has come around yet again with Billy being poor. How many more times must we endure this? Please, just have him buy a lottery ticket and win; he’s running out of sad puppy dog expressions.


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Gray may have met his match in Chelsea, who clearly has no interest in the kids coming with the package of the good-looking guy and the house. 

Her hold on him (well, more of a vice-like grip) intensifies when she persuades him to skive off work.

But what does she find in his car that might bring his house of cards tumbling down?


There’s a debate if James (pictured) and Michael have been targeted because of their skin colour in this week’s Coronation Street

The subject of racism is dominating soapland as it is the news, and when James is arrested, it raises the issue of whether he and Michael have been targeted because of their skin colour.

James is pulled over after he’s spotted test driving a sports car he might buy with £30k he’s been offered for an interview. 

How much? Celebrities up and down the land will be wanting the name of his agent given that his only claim to fame is being Tommy Orpington’s successor.

The one good thing to come out of all this is that Craig gets a rare minute off when another cop makes the arrest.

But it is only a minute, because suddenly there he is again, just in time to see James writhing in agony. Is the promising superstar’s career over?

Let’s just say I don’t think Manchester City are holding their breath.

The moment we’ve all been waiting for finally arrives, with Will holding the incriminating evidence of Todd’s evil machinations. Why didn’t they delay the revelation until the wedding?

Anyway, all is revealed (in more ways than one) at the launch party of the nude calendar. 

At least we’ll be saved the sight of Billy’s smiling teeth for a while – the endless joy exuding from every molar each time Slimy Todd slinks into view has become excruciating to see. 

But having been exposed as the Street’s latest Bad Boy, will Todd redeem himself when he comes to the rescue after finding Summer unconscious?


Marlon comes to April’s (pictured) rescue and deletes her social media accounts because she’s being trolled in Emmerdale

The devastating effects of social media on teenagers is something soaps return to time and again. April is the latest victim of trolling, when someone sets up a Dead Donna account. 

Marlon comes to the rescue after finding her at her mum’s grave and deletes her accounts, saying he’ll keep her phone until it settles down. I give that all of five minutes. 

Taking a mobile from a teenager is like taking… well, the TV remote from me (you really don’t want to see that).

Liv’s still drinking vodka, but where’s she buying it from, and with what?

Kim should do an inventory on that Home Farm cellar.