The Arizona Coyotes have done a good job of shutting down trade rumors surrounding star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson but a new report may have just put an end to that.
Sources have reportedly informed The Fourth Period that there are now discussions going on within the organization about the possibility of trading Ekman-Larsson, and it sounds like it may now simply be a question of when they will trade him, not if.
Now, though, TFP has learned it appears the debate within the Coyotes organization is whether to field serious offers for Ekman-Larsson now, or wait until the NHL Draft Lottery to see if the team will select first-overall on June 22 in Dallas and receive the right to draft highly-touted defenceman Rasmus Dahlin.
It sounds like if the Coyotes were in fact to get the first overall pick in the draft any hesitation they have about trading Ekman-Larsson would quickly evaporate, and if Dahlin comes anywhere close to living up to the hype it's not hard to see why.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the New Jersey Devils, two teams who have been linked to Ekman-Larsson for some time now appear to be the front-runners for a potential trade, however according to the Fourth Period the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings are also teams with considerable interest in Larsson.