3 Potential Trade Destinations for Canucks' Ekman-Larsson

The Vancouver Canucks made headlines this week when they scratched veteran defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. It was the first time OEL had been scratched by the Canucks and the first time he's watched a game healthy in over 4700 days. 

Ekman-Larsson has put up 19 points in 40 games however he's a minus -14 rating which is among the worst on the team. The Canucks blueliner holds a no-movement clause and can only be traded to teams he approves. Let's examine a few who he may consider:

Boston Bruins

The Bruins tried before and OEL wanted nothing to do with them, would they double back? The Bruins are going all in this season and even if the Canucks retain half of his remaining salary which at the moment is $7.26 million against their cap through the 2026-27 season. He wouldn't cost a ton to acquire and can immediately be inserted into the top four. Boston is going for it this season and could once again kick start the conversations.

Edmonton Oilers

The Canucks are such a mess this season their fan base probably wouldn't be very surprised to see them deal OEL to a rival. The Oilers are desperate for another left-handed defenseman and once again, if the Canucks are willing to retain some salary could have interest. 

Detroit Red Wings

Ekman-Larsson grew up idolizing Niklas Lindstrom so this could be a full-circle moment. The Red Wings don't have a ton of depth moving forward and need more left-handed d-men. The Red Wings also have a ton of interest in Bo Horvat, could a potential blockbuster be brewing in Motown?

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