NHL Rumors: One Team Becoming "Natural Fit" For Oliver Ekman-Larsson

The recent buyout of defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson by the Vancouver Canucks has made him an intriguing unrestricted free agent, attracting interest from several teams.

Among them, the Tampa Bay Lightning emerge as a potential landing spot for the seasoned defenseman.

Despite Tampa Bay's limited cap space and strong defensive roster, there are compelling reasons why Ekman-Larsson could be a high-reward signing for the team.

If Ekman-Larsson is willing to accept a shorter-term contract and a lower salary to prove himself on a winning team, the Lightning could provide an attractive opportunity.

The success story of Kevin Shattenkirk, who joined Tampa Bay for a reduced salary and played a crucial role in their Stanley Cup victory, sets a precedent for similar signings.

Furthermore, the chance to play alongside fellow Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman could be a motivating factor for Ekman-Larsson.

While the exact price range for Ekman-Larsson's potential contract remains uncertain, the limited availability of high-end free agents, particularly on defense, could make the Lightning a suitor worth considering.

Despite their cap limitations, Tampa Bay's track record of integrating veteran players effectively and their established championship aspirations make them an enticing destination.

Ekman-Larsson's experience, leadership, and offensive abilities could provide valuable depth to the team's defensive core, enhancing their chances of another successful playoff run. Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports