The Coyotes signed Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a six-year extension.
TSN's Darren Dreger reports the deal has an average annual value of $5.5 million per year. That's certainly a hefty chunk of change, but the 21-year-old has already established himself as one of the better all-around defensemen in the league. Ekman-Larsson has 17 points in 27 games this year, to go with a plus-eight rating. He was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason and was coming off an entry-level deal that carried a $1.75 million cap hit. "Oliver is an exceptional young player who will continue to improve as he matures," general manager Don Maloney said. "He is an important part of our future and we are pleased to have agreed on a long term contract."