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Coyores, Oliver Ekman-Larsson Discussing Contract Extension

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The Arizona Coyotes are discussing a long-term contract extension with Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Coyotes’ general manager John Chayka said on Saturday.

Ekman-Larsson, who is eligible to sign a new deal on July 1st, can become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

“We’ve been very clear that we’re willing to do whatever we possibly can to have him come back, and [we] think he’s a heck of a defenseman, heck of a player, heck of a person,” Chayka said at the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine (h/t NHL.com).

“Really believe in him and what he can bring to our team. Trying to get something done to lock him up long, long term. Build around him and really put together a team he deserves.

“He’s had some hard times and we feel we can really surround him with the best people and the best players so that he can show what he’s capable of.”

Chayka said he’s not considering trading Ekman-Larsson and stated that there is currently no deadline to get him signed.

“Right now we’re just focused on getting him signed,”Chayka said. “Feel like we’ve had some good discussions. He’s a big part of what we’re doing. That’s my focus right now.”

Ekman-Larsson ha stated that he would like to remain in Arizona long-term.

Ekman-Larsson scored 42 points (14 goals, 28 assists) in 82 games last season for Arizona.

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Coyotes Extend John Chayka

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The Arizona Coyotes have reached an agreement with general manager John Chayka on a long-term contract extension, according to an official team announcement.

Coyotes’ team owner Alex Meruelo issued the following:

“We are extremely pleased to sign John to a long-term contract extension. John is one of the brightest and hardest-working general managers in the entire NHL and over the past four seasons, he has done an excellent job of rebuilding our franchise and transforming the Coyotes into a contender. I am fully confident that John is the right person to lead us moving forward and help us bring the Stanley Cup to Arizona.”

Chayka, 30, became the youngest general manager in NHL history when he was officially hired back in 2016.

 

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Coyotes’ Nick Schmaltz Out for Season

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The Arizona Coyotes will be without forward Nick Schmaltz for the remainder of the season with a lower-body injury, according to an official team announcement on Tuesday.

Schmaltz was off to a red hot start since being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in November and had been out since December 30th.

Originally, it was though that he would only miss a few weeks, but now the news is much worse for the Yotes.

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Arizona Coyotes Moving to Central Division

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Following the announcement of Seattle as the NHL’s 32nd franchise on Tuesday, there is a shakeup happening in the league’s divisional alignment in the Western Conference to accommodate the addition of the brand new team.

It has been announced that the Arizona Coyotes will officially move from the Pacific Division to the Central Division beginning with the 2021-22 season to accommodate the arrival of Seattle, who will join the Pacific Division, giving the league 16 teams in each conference and eight in each division.

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