The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly one of two teams Oliver Ekman-Larsson will take a trade to. Reports suggest it’s going to come down to Vancouver and Boston. To get this deal done, Vancouver will have to shed some salary and not the players they would like. Jake Virtanen would almost certainly be a part of an agreement to land OEL. Additionally, it would make sense that Arizona may help facilitate the trade by taking on the contract of Alexander Edler for one season. Vancouver may have to give up a great young player in Tyler Motte or Adam Gaudette because Vancouver is without a first-round pick for the next two-years. I also wonder if Loui Eriksson could be dumped in to make the salary work.
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This trade would strengthen the Canucks backend and give them salary relief needed to sign key free agents. An OEL trade would set them up nicely to be a long term contender with space to extend Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson. Also, this trade would give the Canucks just over 12 million dollars to sign their essential free agents and contented for a Stanley Cup. Does Oliver Ekman-Larsson become a Canuck? We will see.