Ottawa's TSN1200 host Chris Stevenson spoke with Don Maloney this morning and Maloney has this to say:
Here is that Don Maloney quote on trade possibilities for #coyotes: "Where we’re at, we have to look at everybody and everything… 1/3— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) January 30, 2015
2/4 "...There’s nobody that we wouldn’t talk about in a deal … The only player, obviously, Shane Doan is not going anywhere.— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) January 30, 2015
3/4 "Oliver Ekman-Larsson is a player that we would certainly be very, very reluctant to part with, but as far as I am concerned …— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) January 30, 2015
4/4 "… when you’re sitting with our record, and we’re three or four worst records in the league, then everybody is up for grabs." #coyotes— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) January 30, 2015
While guys like Keith Yandle, Zbynek Michalek and Antoine Vermette are being shopped around, it was a surprise that Maloney considered Doan to be his only untouchable.
Looking at Larsson
Ekman-Larsson was the Coyotes 6th overall pick in 2009 and has since put up 134 points in 306 career games. With Arizona being in the midst of one of the franchises worst season's in it's history, they are looking to move some of their key pieces.
According to nhlnumbers, Ekman-Larsson has a $5.5 million cap hit until the 2019-2020 season.
Using Domenic Galamini's defensive Hero Chart's, it's clear that Ekman-Larsson has developed into a very good NHL defenceman and is only getting better from here.
Maloney is in a position in which a potential Larsson trade could bring back some major pieces, more specifically an elite level forward. Should the Oilers have interest in making a move for Larsson, Jordan Eberle and our 1st round pick would likely be two of the pieces heading back.
What do you think the Oilers would have to give back? Leave your thoughts or proposals in the comment section below.