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EKMAN-LARSSON ADDRESSES TRADE TALKS, CALLS IT A TOUGH SITUATION

OCT 28, 2020  (17H52)      TIM TUCKER
It was the biggest trade of the offseason that didn't pan out. For weeks, the Arizona Coyotes attempted to move defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, more for money purposes than anything else. The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins were the front runners but a deal wasn't reached before the deadline of October 9th set by Ekman-Larsson and his agent, and the blueliner will remain a Coyote for at least another year. Ekman-Larsson has finally addressed the situation in his home country of Sweden, insisting he never asked to be traded.

"I signed (in 2018) because I wanted to be in Arizona until I'm 36," Ekman-Larsson told Ronnie Ronnkvist of Swedish publication Hockey Sverige. "When this (trade) 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."

Ekman-Larsson himself picked Vancouver and Boston as teams he would be willing to go with, as per the no-trade clause in his contract.

"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."



"There were a lot of rumors that the team would sell and get rid of players to save money," Ekman-Larsson said regarding Arizona. "But it never really happened and I actually think that we have a very good team on paper. We're a really tight-knight group and I really appreciate that."

The 29-year-old has spent his entire 10-year career with the Coyotes and was named captain in 2018-19. He ranks fourth on the franchise's all-time games played list and 10th in points.

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