Could the Coyotes-Bruins revisit Ekman-Larsson talks during the season?
Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now: The Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks were the two teams that the Arizona Coyotes could talk to regarding an Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade before OEL set a firm deadline back in October.
Ekman-Larsson would like to remain with the Coyotes but hasn’t completely closed the door on a potential move. He’s signed through 2027 with an $8.25 million salary cap hit.
OEL to Craig Morgan of AZCoyotesInsider.com said that when he played in Portland, Maine during the 2012-13 lockout he spent a lot of time in Boston and really liked it. He added that he knew they’ve been interested in him for a while. Ekman-Larsson added that any further trade situations are up to Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong,
“That’s a question for (GM) Bill (Armstrong) to be honest with you. There’s not much I can do about it. I’m just trying to stay in the moment. I know everybody says that but I really had a good offseason. I worked out really hard to show that I wanted to be here, wanted to get better and hopefully that transfers into the stuff on the ice. I feel really happy that I am here but if that day comes where they ask again, I will deal with it then.”
The Bruins still need to re-sign RFA forward Jake DeBrusk, which could come in the $3.5 to $4 million range. They may decide to not bring Zdeno Chara back. Starting the season with a younger blue line could be an option and they possibly re-visit an OEL trade if things aren’t going well.
Hoffman would be a nice addition if they could find the cap space
Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now: Scoring winger Mike Hoffman remains unsigned. He’ll likely end up signing a one-year deal and likely a little more than the $5.1875 million he made on his last deal.
The Bruins being able to sign Hoffman would be a big boost for the team, especially at even strength. They’ve lacked secondary scoring the past few seasons.
The salary cap space to be able to sign Hoffman to a deal around $6 million could be an issue since they only have around $7 million in cap space and still need to re-sign Jake DeBrusk and possibly Zdeno Chara.
Teams like the New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators have more salary cap space at their disposal.