The Arizona Coyotes traded captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday in exchange for three players and three draft picks, including the No. 9 overall selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Vancouver will send forwards Jay Beagle, Loui Eriksson and AntoineRoussel to Arizona, along with a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and a seventh-round selection in 2023.
Ekman-Larsson, a high-scoring defenseman, has six seasons left on his contract at an average annual value of $8.25 million per year. The 30-year-old Swede was the Coyotes' first-round draft pick in 2009 (sixth overall) and spent all 11 seasons of his NHL career with the club.
In that time, Ekman-Larsson has registered 388 points (128 goals, 260 assists) over 769 games. In 46 games last season, Ekman-Larsson had just three goals and 21 assists.
Garland, 25, heads to Vancouver after playing his first three NHL seasons with Arizona. He has totaled 96 points (47 goals, 49 assists) in 164 games since being selected by the Coyotes in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
In exchange, the Coyotes took on some veterans but cleared cap room to build for the future. They entered Friday without a first-round draft pick, which they had to forfeit after the NHL determined the team had violated rules concerning pre-draft scouting in 2019.
The Coyotes received the No. 11 pick during the draft lottery, which the league then marked down as "forfeited." Now, they will have their pick of the best prospects remaining at No. 9.
"On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Oliver for everything that he has done for the Coyotes the past 10 years," Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong said. "He is a tremendous player and person and we wish him and Conor the best of luck in the future.
"We are very pleased to acquire the ninth overall draft choice in this year's NHL Draft along with Loui, Antoine and Jay. ... They are all solid veterans who will provide us with great leadership and experience."
Eriksson, 36, recorded one assist in seven games last season. A six-time 20-goal scorer, Eriksson has 594 points (250 goals, 344 assists) in 977 career games with the Dallas Stars, Bruins and Canucks.
Beagle, 35, totaled five points (one goal, four assists) in 30 games this season. A Stanley Cup champion with Washington in 2017-18, Beagle has 142 points (57 goals, 85 assists) in 613 career games with the Capitals and Canucks.
Roussel, 31, collected four points (one goal, three assists) in 35 games last season. The Frenchman has totaled 189 points (81 goals, 108 assists) in 554 career games with the Stars and Canucks.
--Field Level Media