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Coyotes sign Ekman-Larsson for six years, reported $33 million

Mar 15, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a six-year contract, the NHL club announced Friday.

Monetary terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Coyotes, however, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, it appears to be a $33 million contract for the 21-year-old Ekman-Larsson, who is now in his third NHL season.

“Oliver is an exceptional young player who will continue to improve as he matures,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said in a statement on the team’s website.

“He is an important part of our future and we are pleased to have agreed on a long term contract.”

Last year, in his sophomore season in Phoenix, Ekman-Larsson had 13 goals and 32 points, playing in all 82 regular season game for the Coyotes. He also had one goal and four points in 16 playoff games last year.

Ekman-Larsson, the Coyotes’ first-round, sixth overall, pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, was in the final year of his entry level contract.

  1. jjregan21 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I am stoked about this contract. I just hope the Coyotes stick around here in AZ long enough to see this guy continue improving!

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Smart move, get this kid locked up before a big market team slips him an offer sheet down the road. Yandle and Ekman-Larsson is a nice 1-2 punch to have. Lots of offensive potential on the backend for the Yotes.

  3. rushledger - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Epic! Phenomenal deal for both parties!

  4. fiddytucker - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Baby face is a stud

  5. cerealrapist - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    The guy has 49 points in his last 110 games.
    I’m a Devils fan. I’m used to star players (like Elias) having a lower point total than they should, but this is silly.
    I guess Phoenix fans have a whole different rating scale.

    • stevebass2 - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:51 AM

      I’m sorry, did you not see the part where it said he was a defenseman? Comparing him to Elias is comparing apples to oranges. This is a kid who is still on his rookie contract that leads the team in assists, is averaging over 25 minutes a game, chipping in with blocked shots and hits, and has been a consistently positive presence on the back end (as evinced by his team-leading plus minus). In contrast, Shea Weber has similar offensive numbers over that span of time, with a similar plus minus, yet has a cap hit thats over $2 million more than Ekman-Larsson’s deal, and is being paid up to $26 million this season, nearly 5 times as much as Ekman-Larsson is set to make. The coyotes came away with a massive deal on this guy.

  6. rushledger - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Well said Steve, I honestly believe he’s a future Norris trophy winner as well.

  7. ragsrus - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comparing Elias to OEL is about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

  8. ynothockey - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Glad to hear the Coyotes have him locked up for several years. He is one of the best in the league and only 22 years old.

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