NOVEMBER 1, 2017 | 11:40am ET
EKMAN-LARSSON ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE, RIGHT NOW
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, defenceman
The Arizona Coyotes are last in the NHL with a 1-11-1 record and that has lead to plenty of speculation that they may begin to take trade calls for some of their top players, most notably star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Teams may call, but Coyotes GM John Chayka isn't willing to listen. Not yet, anyway.
Chayka is not interested in trading Ekman-Larsson, at this time, and has been very clear on the subject. That may not stop teams from inquiring and poking the bear, but he's currently off limits.
It's possible the Coyotes, should their fortune not turn around, decide to explore the possibility of moving Ekman-Larsson later in the season, or even wait until the off-season, but such a decision has not yet been fully thought out.
Ekman-Larsson, 26, has one-year left on his deal, beyond this season, and cannot sign a new contract extension until July 1, 2018. He will undoubtedly receive a hefty raise from the $5.5 million annual salary cap hit he currently has, though he is earning $6.5 million in actual salary this season and will take home $7 million next season.
Teams will continue to try to pry him from Arizona, but until Chayka and his staff map out a course of action, based on how the rest of the season plays out, Ekman-Larsson won't be going anywhere.