Ekman-Larsson traded to Canucks by Coyotes for three players, No. 9 pick

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland were traded to the Vancouver Canucks by the Arizona Coyotes on Friday for forwards Loui Eriksson, Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel and the No. 9 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The draft will begin with the first round on Friday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, TVAS).

Arizona also received a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The Coyotes did not have a 2021 first-round selection after they forfeited the No. 11 pick for violating the NHL Combine Testing Policy during the 2019-20 season.

Ekman-Larsson, a 30-year-old defenseman, signed an eight-year, $66 million contract ($8.25 million average annual value) with Arizona on July 1, 2018. He was captain for the past three seasons.

“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. … Along with Antoine, they are all solid veterans who will provide us with great leadership and experience.”

It was reported Oct. 5, 2020, that Ekman-Larsson had a self-imposed deadline of Oct. 9 for the Coyotes to trade him and the Canucks and Boston Bruins were on his list of teams he would play for.

Ekman-Larsson, who has a no-move clause, told Swedish website Hockeysverige.se Oct. 28 that he neither requested a trade nor wanted to leave Arizona.

Ekman-Larsson scored 24 points (three goals, 17 assists) in 46 games this season. Selected by Arizona with the No. 6 pick in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft, he has scored 388 points (128 goals, 260 assists) in 769 regular-season games and eight points (two goals, six assists) in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Garland, a 25-year-old forward, scored 39 points (12 goals, 27 assists) in 49 games for the Coyotes this season. Selected by Arizona in the fifth round (No. 123) of the 2015 NHL Draft, he has scored 96 points (47 goals, 49 assists) in 164 regular-season games and two points (one goal, one assist) in eight playoff games.

Beagle has one season remaining on a four-year, $12 million contract ($3 million average annual value) he signed with Vancouver on July 1, 2018. The 35-year-old scored five points (one goal, four assists) in 30 games this season.

Signed by the Washington Capitals as an undrafted free agent March 26, 2008, Beagle has scored 142 points (57 goals, 85 assists) in 613 regular-season games with the Capitals and Canucks and 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 102 playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018.

Roussel has one season remaining on a four-year contract he signed with Vancouver on July 1, 2018. The 31-year-old scored four points (one goal, three assists) in 35 games this season.

Signed by the Dallas Stars as an undrafted free agent July 2, 2012, Roussel has scored 189 points (81 goals, 108 assists) in 554 regular-season games with the Stars and Canucks and nine points (four goals, five assists) in 36 playoff games.

Eriksson has one season remaining on a six-year, $36 million contract ($6 million average annual value) he signed with Vancouver on July 1, 2016. The 36-year-old had one assist in seven games this season.

Selected by Dallas in the second round (No. 33) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Eriksson has scored 594 points (250 goals, 344 assists) in 977 regular-season games with the Stars, Bruins and Canucks, and 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 44 playoff games.

The Coyotes acquired defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and a second-round and seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft from the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday for future considerations.

Arizona previously acquired forward Andrew Ladd, a second-round pick (No. 60) in the 2021 draft, a second-round pick in the 2022 draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2023 draft from the New York Islanders, and goalie Josef Korenar and a second-round pick in 2022 from the San Jose Sharks for goalie Adin Hill, on July 17.

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