When Did OEL Become the Second Coming of Nicklas Lidstrom?

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With four days to go before the NHL draft and a week to go until free agency, it’s understandable that there are all kinds of names and teams and potential deals floating around. After all, nothing drives traffic like trade speculation and the thought of your team landing a big fish makes all of this talk rather exciting. We get it.

Which brings us to the case of Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who is very available and, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, has indicated that he would be amenable to waiving his no-move clause to go to one of the Vancouver Canucks or the Boston Bruins. OK, great. It’s just that I must have missed that moment when Ekman-Larsson became the second coming of Nicklas Lidstrom. Because the scenarios in either of those markets, and a lot of other ones in which there will likely be a flat cap for the next couple of seasons, don’t seem to make a lot of sense.