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.